This talk offers participants the opportunity to understand the motives behind Edwardian folk song collecting and Percy Grainger’s visits.

It discusses the methods used by Grainger in the county, as well as the opportunity to reflect on how genuine a collection, presentation and representation of North Lincolnshire folk it was. Principally, it will offer participants the opportunity to get to know some of the people who sang for Grainger, the people who helped Grainger, put our county on the map and who provided a connection between us and North Lincolnshire over a century ago.

Helen Earl is a teacher in North Lincolnshire. She has a BA Hons in History and a Masters in Music. For her dissertation she wanted to research something which would add to her knowledge and understanding of the county that she had been born and bred in. She has always had a keen interest in local history and wanted to combine this with her musical pursuits. As a result, she spent the summer and autumn of 2017 investigating Percy Grainger’s song collecting visits to North Lincolnshire.

The result was a fascinating insight into the people and places of North Lincolnshire at the turn of the 20th century. Mainly using census returns and cross referenced with Grainger’s notes, she uncovered far more information on individual singers. Since its completion, she has continued to find more, uncovering local characters who facilitated and helped Grainger with his collecting as well as those who sang for him.

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The North Lincolnshire Museum

Oswald Road, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, DN15 7BD

01724 297055


Opening times

Mon – Sat , 10am –​ 4pm
Sun, 1pm –​ 4pm

All the usual Covid 19 precautions are in place.

There will be social distancing, hand sanitiser and all staff and customers must wear face coverings. We will require visitors to check in the venue with the NHS test and trace app, or staff can sign you in.

Customers may be asked to wait if a queue forms, to allow good social distancing.

We have extra doors and windows open for ventilation.

There is a one way system in place, but to allow access for visitors who may need to use the lift for mobility issues, or those with very young children in prams, you may have to give way to those customers who will being going against the one way system.

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