In 2017 we received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to employ a Library and Archives Project Manager to audit the library and house collections and produce a strategy to increase use, preserve and restore particular items and ensure it can develop over the coming years.

The Kennedy Grant Library at Halsway Manor is a multimedia collection of folklore, customs, traditional folk music, dance and song mostly from Britain. Its strength is in the English folk tradition, particularly of the South West of England. The library was established at Halsway in 1965 with the collection of folk enthusiast and organiser Margaret Grant and was substantially added to in 2007 by the bequest of the book and audio collection of folklorist and folk song collector Peter Kennedy.


There are about 10,000 items consisting of books, pamphlets, journals and audio recordings in various formats, DVD’s, videos, artefacts and original manuscripts and documents including the William Winter manuscript of early 19th century tunes and a collection of material from Somerset folklorist Ruth Tongue.

You will shortly be able to search through our collection online.

We particularly welcome visitors of all ages to the library for research and study purposes or just to have a look around. Loans can be arranged through our librarian.

If you wish to donate material to the Kennedy Grant Library please email Matt Rose – Library and Archives Project Manager –