Southport Mummers Collection

Ref: MS 448

Title: Southport Mummers Collection

Scope: A collection of material relating to the activities of the Southport Mummers between 1968 and 1987, donated by Malcolm Howarth, Squire of the Southport Mummers.

Dates: 1968-1994
Level: Fonds
Extent: 4 boxes and 18 volumes
Name of creator: Malcolm Howarth

Administrative / biographical history:
Southport Mummers were formed by members of the Bothy Folk Club in Southport, a club which also produced the Southport Swords sword dancing team.

The items in this collection were collected by their Squire, Malcolm Howarth, and record the activities of the mummers over a period of approximately 20 years (late 1960s to 1987). The collection comprises play scripts, photographs (black and white, and colour), newspaper cuttings, printed and manuscript items, and books and pamphlets. The photographs and cuttings document chronologically the mummers’ performances in and around the Southport area. These are pasted to paper and card sheets, and labelled with the details of the mummers’ characters, their lines, the date and location. Southport Mummers also produced a newsletter: the collection contains photocopies of issues for the period 1980 to 1987.

The collection was donated to the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition at the University of Sheffield in November 1999 via Eddie Cass, a friend of Malcolm Howarth and part-time post-graduate student at the Centre. The collection was transferred to the Special Collections Department in the University Library in 2008.

  • Source: Donated in 1999; further donation in 2015
  • System of arrangement: As received
  • Subjects: Mumming
  • Names: Howarth, Malcolm; Southport Mummers
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: None
  • Copyright: According to document
  • Finding aids: Listed