Our everyday charitable work is hugely subsidised by hiring out Cecil Sharp House when it is not being used for folk activities. Nearly all of this expected income for 2020/21 has also been lost.
Suddenly, our planned break-even budget is projected to become a giant loss by April 2021. And this is assuming that many events will be running again from January.
The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library is the most important folk music and dance research resource in England. Our unique collection contains over 20,000 printed items dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, 10,000 audio items, 15,000 photographs and 30 major manuscript collections, cine-films, ephemera and artefacts – including line drawings, paintings, phonographs and costumes.
Since its foundation in 1930, the Library has greatly benefitted from the support of numerous individuals, trusts and organisations. This generosity has helped to maintain and develop the library to the extent that it has now achieved a unique status within the libraries and archives sectors. If you would like play a role in supporting the VWML’s work, there are a number of ways you can help us.
We are grateful for any gift, large or small, to help us sustain and develop the work we do. 100% of your donation will go straight into the library budget.
You can make a donation securely online today. Donate now.
Simply call 020 7485 2206 and tell us that you would like to make a phone donation, directly to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.
You can donate by cheque at any time. Please send a cheque made payable to EFDSS with a covering note stating that you would like the donation to be used for the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.
Please send your cheque to:
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road
There is also a donations box in Cecil Sharp House reception, if you’re visiting the building and would like to make a cash donation.
VWML always welcomes offers of collections or individual items that would enhance its value and depth as the national repository of folk arts materials. Acceptance is largely dependent on the relevance of the materials being offered and considerations such as available space.