Peter Millington's Web Space
This website records my research on English folk plays and other folklore.
The Thoroton Society has published my resource guide for Notts Folklore and Customs on their Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway.
The full text of my PhD thesis can be downloaded from White Rose eTheses Online.
- Folk Play Research Website -
I built this website for the Traditional Drama Research Group, who now manage it independently and have since redesigned it. My own main contributions were the Scripts Collection (now retitled Texts and Contexts), and the Nottinghamshire List of Folk Plays & Related Customs (now moved to the Master Mummers Website). It includes several other resources, although its collections of web links and photographs of modern groups have unfortunately been dropped.
- Master Mummers Website - http://www.mastermummers.org/
Designed to supplement the Folk Play Research website, this website includes a Directory of Folk Play Groups, an interactive Folk Play Scripts Explorer, an interactive Folk Play Atlas, Electronic ERD: An Index to English Folk Drama, the revamped Notts List, FAQ, plus other bits and bobs.
- Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway: Folklore and Customs -
This is an extensive guide to sources of information on Nottinghamshire folklore and customs, with examples and illustrations, prepared for the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire.
Full Text Articles
- Postscript to Mrs Ewing and the St Kitts Mummies' Plays [Open access]
- Nottingham's Owd 'Oss Mummers and their scrapbooks [PDF - 2.24MB]
- Mummies and masquerades: English and Caribbean connections [PDF- 1.67MB]
- Master Mummers: The Dynamic Folk Play Website [Poster - 828kB]
- Hunting the Mysterious Okalolies [PDF download (881Kb)]
- Little Powder Monkey Jim Revisited: An insight into a traditional Tristan da Cunha Folk Song [PDF download (458kB)]
- Mapping the Uncharted Territory of Folk Drama [Introduction to the problems of folk play data - PDF download (878kB) - and a case study for the Master Mummers Folk Play Scripts Explorer - PDF download (874kB)]
- Do you recognise this costume? [Investigating an 1829 sword dance clown's costume]
- Father Christmas in English Folk Plays [A snippet for Christmas 2006]
- 'Plough Bullocks' and other Plough Monday Customs in the Nottingham Area, 1800-1920
- Folklore on the Internet. Asset? Liability? Opportunity? Threat? [Seminar Notes]
- "This is a Mummers’ Play I Wrote": Modern Compositions and their Implications
- Textual Analysis of English Quack Doctor Plays: Some New Discoveries [PDF Download - 841kB]
- The Origins and Development of English Folk Plays
[Extended abstract of my Ph.D. Thesis. Full text PDF also available - 2.7MB]
- Mystery History : The Origins of British Mummers' Plays
- A New Look at English Folk Play Costumes
- Plough Monday in and around the City of Nottingham
- Correspondence to Folk Music Journal: "The Ploughboy and the Plough Play"
[Differentiating Recruiting Sergeant & Wooing plays]
- The Origins of Plough Monday