SAVE HERITAGE AND MORRIS

Save Heritage and Morris (SHAM) was first set up on 1st April 2015 to campaign against Government proposals to control traditional dancing through Ofstep, an 'Ofsted style' inspectorate. In 2016 SHAM was instrumental in driving forward Project Morris 2020, an innovative initiative using technology to secure a Morris fit for the 21st Century.  Now in 2017 SHAM turns its 2020 vision on the history of the Morris, going back beyond the published histories to reveal what has been 'lost in the mists of time'.

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Sir Cecil Sharphouse
Chief Inspector, Ofstep

“'Lost in the Mists of Time' is simply the best history of The Morris I have ever seen.  I would like to congratulate 'Save Heritage and Morris' for thoroughly debunking the theory that the origins of the Morris were lost in the mists of time. They weren't lost - we only put them down for a minute and when we turned round they were gone. Now where did I put my tankard and car keys?"

“In a post-truth world where Fake News is all around us I'd like to endorse the authenticity of 'Lost in the Mists of Time'.  You bet your ass, SHAM (Save Heritage and Morris) is clearly an ‘extremely credible source’

Donald Trumpet

MORRIS THROUGH THE AGES

The earliest confirmation of a performance of morris dancing in England dates from London on 19 May 1448, when Moryssh daunsers were paid 7s (35p) for their services.  Most histories of the Morris concede that its origins are older than this but offer no further evidence.  Now, for the very first time, 'Save Heritage and Morris', has travelled back through the ages to reveal, through art and literature, what was previously thought 'lost in the mists of time'.  We hope you enjoy the journey.

THE EARLY (PRE 1448) HISTORY OF THE MORRIS

LOST IN THE MISTS OF TIME