Diane Rodgers Researcher Blog: Reflections on the Centre for Folklore, Myth and Magic in Todmorden, Sat 1st October 2022

About the Author Diane A. Rodgers is a Senior Lecturer in Media, Arts and Communications at Sheffield Hallam University and a CCRI PhD candidate conducting doctoral research relating to folklore and folk horror in ‘wyrd’ 1970s British Film and Television. As a co-founder of the Centre for Contemporary Legend (CCL) and part of the CCMS Cultural Heritage Research Group, I was honoured to be invited to speak […]

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New book co-authored by Dr David Clarke shows Sheffield is true home of Robin Hood

New book shows Sheffield is true home of Robin Hood

A new book co-authored by Sheffield Hallam’s Dr David Clarke exploring the region’s Robin Hood folklore has been published. Dr Clarke, from the University’s Culture and Creativity Research Institute, is one of the authors of Reclaiming Robin Hood: Folklore & South Yorkshire’s Infamous Outlaw. It has been launched with Sensoria Festival and Loxley Primary School as part of a campaign to reclaim […]

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Diane A. Rodgers brings us Perspectives on Contemporary Legend: reflections on an international contemporary legend conference

For the week of Monday 28 June – Friday 2nd July 2021, I was in virtual attendance at Perspectives on Contemporary Legend, the 38th International conference of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, postponed due to coronavirus restrictions and necessarily shifted online. Over the course of my PhD, I have presented work at a vast array of conferences, including […]

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Dr David Clarke: Secret UFO probes ‘hidden from UK Government’ as military ‘didn’t trust’ them

Contemporary legend expert, Dr David Clarke, has been quoted in a Daily Star article saying that the Ministry of Defence’s secret extra-terrestrial investigators “didn’t trust” civil servants with their information. Lecturer and investigative journalist, David Clarke, uncovered the Defence Intelligence Staff’s 400-page study into 10,000 UFO sightings in 2005. He has now said its military officials often kept their findings secret […]

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HALLOWEEN: 10 things you didn’t know about Halloween

Every year Halloween provokes controversy and divides opinions: what is the history of Halloween and when was it first celebrated? Why do we trick or treat? Why do we carve pumpkins? Most people see Halloween as just as a bit of harmless fun, while others say it marks an ancient pagan festival – and some evangelical Christians claim it is […]

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