Halsway Manor Library is a multimedia collection of folk music, folklore, customs, dance and song of the South West of England. The library was established at Halsway in 1965 with the collection of folk enthusiast 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, audio and video recordings, LPs, CDs, artefacts and original documents, including the William Winter manuscript of early 19th century tunes and the archives of Somerset folklorist Ruth Tongue.

The library contains folk related material including:

  • Books
  • LPs, CDs
  • Oral History
  • Photographs
  • Journals
  • Archives
  • Artefacts
  • Manuscripts
  • Ruth Tongue Folklore Collection
  • William Winter’s Quantocks Tunes

If you wish to donate material to the library please contact Matt Rose, Library and Archives Project Manager.