‘Queer as Folklore: A year of English customs’ – Andrew Robinson featured in BBC article documenting calendar customs across England

Two of Andrew Robinson's images from 'Another England' with BBC logo

Work by Andrew Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Photography at Sheffield Hallam, is currently included in a popular BBC On-line article about seasonal customs entitled Queer as Folklore: A year of English customsThe article has been receiving worldwide attention with upwards of 90,000 views.

Tar Barrel Parade. Allendale, Northumberland. New Year’s Eve (31st December). By Andrew Robinson.

Tar Barrel Parade. Allendale, Northumberland. New Year’s Eve (31st December). By Andrew Robinson.

From the project 'Another England' English Calendar Customs, Photographed 1995 - 1999 by Andrew Robinson - Haxey

Haxey Hood. Haxey, Lincolnshire. Twelfth Day (6th January). By Andrew Robinson.

The images are from an unpublished body of work Andrew undertook in the late 1990s documenting calendar customs across England called Another England. Andrew is currently re-visiting and extending the project as part of his involvement in the newly founded Centre for Contemporary Legend at Sheffield Hallam University with David Clarke and Diane Rogers.

Maypole Rising. Barwick-in-Elmet, West Yorkshire. Spring Bank Holiday Tuesday, Triennially. By Andrew Robinson

Maypole Rising. Barwick-in-Elmet, West Yorkshire. Spring Bank Holiday Tuesday, Triennially. By Andrew Robinson.

The Centre for Contemporary Legend aims to create an institutional base that can act as a focal point for those working in the field of folklore and legend studies, continuing Sheffield’s international reputation for the academic study of contemporary legends. The CCL held its inaugural symposium in November 2018.

Centre for Contemporary Legend logo

Further examples of the work can be seen on Andrew’s website here.

Andrew Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Photography at Sheffield Hallam University. See more of Andrew’s work here.

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