The (virtual) Ancient Mummers 2020

With pandemic restriction preventing the usual Mummers’ visitations to pubs in the Jericho area of Oxford, The Ancient Mummers took to Zoom to perform the Holton Mummers Play in aid of Helen & Douglas House. Please donate what you can to support their invaluable work for infants & children, in Oxfordshire & surrounding counties. Thank you.


‘Ancient Men’ Morris Dancers tour Cornwall, 25th – 27th July 2019

AM Cornwall banner 1The Ancient Men (“Not all Ancient, and not all Men”) are a group of travelling Morris dancers who gather together each summer to tour towns and villages in a chosen area.

This Summer, we will be touring Cornwall to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the first tour made by Oxford University Men’s Morris in 1929.

Ancient Men in Cornwall

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Oxford Morris at Trefusis, July 1929. Back row ( L to R) – Bill Picton, Herbert Thomas, Gordon Etherington. Front row (L to R) – Francis Tabor, Charles Bardswell, Colonel Trefusis, Henry Trefusis, Reggie Batchelor

In 1929 a small group of Cotswold Morris dancers from Oxford University, including Henry Trefusis of Trefusis, Flushing, made Cornwall the scene of their first ever dance tour outside Oxfordshire.

This group eventually became the Oxford University Morris Men, who on tour are known as The Ancient Men.

The Ancient Men have been touring every summer since 1952, and we returned to Cornwall in 1970 and 1979.

This year to mark the 90th anniversary year of the original tour, The Ancient Men will be re-visiting Cornwall during the last week of July 2019, and returning to dance at some of the venues of 1929 and 1979.

Itinerary of Public Performances, 25th – 27th July 2019

Thursday 25th July
12:15   Marazion, The Station House
15:00   St Ives, The Island
15:45   St Ives, West Pier/RNLI
18:00   Scorrier (Redruth), The Fox and Hounds
19:30   Devoran, The Old Quay Inn
Friday 26th July
11:00   Helford Passage, Ferry Boat Inn
12:30   Helford, The Shipwright’s Arms
15:00   Helford Passage, The Amphitheatre – Trebah Gardens
17:30   Mawnan Smith, The Red Lion
18:30   Penryn, The Famous Barrel
19:30   Restringuet Point, The Pandora Inn
Saturday 27th July
10:30      Flushing, The Seven Stars
12:15      St.Mawes, The Square
12:45      St.Mawes, The Quay
14:45      Trelissick, Trelissick Gardens (NT)
From 17:30 to 19:30  Flushing Carnival

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OUMM Summer Dancing 2019

Oxford University Morris Men’s summer dance-out calendar for 2019, in combination with Oxford City Morris Men,  is (provisionally) as follows – although please check our Facebook page for confirmation on the day in case of last-minute changes if you are planning to come and see us!

Wednesday 8th of May – 7:30pm at the Royal Blenheim, 8:30pm at The Bear

Wednesday 15th of May – 7:30pm at The Rusty Bicycle, Magdalen Rd, 8:30pm at The Fir Tree, Iffley Rd

Monday 20th of May –  8:00pm at The Victoria Arms, Old Marston with Masons Apron, Abingdon Traditional Morris Dances and The Vale Islanders

Wednesday 29th of May – 7:30pm The Old Bookbinders, 8:30pm at The Harcourt Arms, Jericho

Wednesday 5th June – 7:30pm The Cape of Good Hope, 8:30pm The Angel & Greyhound, St Clements

Saturday 8th June – 12:00 Jericho Street Fair

Wednesday 12th June – 7:30pm The White Horse, 8:30pm, The Kings Arms, Broad Street

Wednesday 19th JuneThe Eagle & Child, St Giles, 8:30pm, The Gardeners Arms, Plantation Road

Wednesday 26th June – 8:00pm, The Isis Farmhouse as guests of Towersey Morris Men

Wednesday 3rd July – 7:30pm, The Gardener’s Arms, North Parade, 8:30pm, The Rose & Crown, North Parade, Summertown

Wednesday 10th July – 7:30pm, The Punter, Osney, 8:30pm The Perch, Binsey

Wednesday 17th July – 7:30pm, Lamb and Flag, St Giles, 8:30pm, Royal Oak, Woodstock Road