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.
The 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
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
Friday 26th July
Saturday 27th July
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
Saturday 8th June – 12:00 Jericho Street Fair
Wednesday 17th July – 7:30pm, Lamb and Flag, St Giles, 8:30pm, Royal Oak, Woodstock Road