The History of Morris Dancing


Delivered by Melanie Gibson-Barton.


Join us, online, as we host another interesting talk by Melanie Gibson-Barton.

The History of Morris Dancing

Hear the story of one of England’s oldest traditions. Hear the truth about the ‘black face’ tradition.

Hear about the history of the most English of dances … or is it? A fun talk giving the story of the many different style of Morris danced in one of England’s oldest traditions and hear the truth about the ‘black face’ tradition. An opportunity to understand the dancing seen at Sidmouth Folk Festival, the Rochester Sweeps Festival, Tenterden Folk Festival and Faversham Hop Festival

Date: Wednesday 8th November 2023

Time: 7pm

Venue: Online

Tickets: £8 member / £10 non-member.

Notes on the speaker:

A talk from Melanie Gibson-Barton, a full time speaker. Melanie has delivered talks to an enormous variety of groups of all sizes over the years.

From auditoriums to a conservatory in a back garden, from Annual Council Meetings for WI Federations and AGMs to meetings of National Trust, U3A, military societies, WIs, horticultural, friendship, church, Rotary, ARA, Probus, Soroptimists, CSMA Boundless, Trefoil and Oddfellows societies. From audiences of 600 to a twice-yearly booking for five ladies in South London and from After Dinner Talks to afternoon tea parties. Melanie has passed auditions to become a registered speaker and is featured in numerous Speakers Handbooks where you will find her name on national speaker registers such as Mirthy and the national website Public Speakers Corner.

Additional information


Child Ticket, Member, Non-member