The Survey of English Tradition (SET)
The Survey of English Tradition, which was launched in 2000 as a millennium project, collects information on all aspects of language and tradition in England and throughout the British Isles on a continuing basis. We have a growing database of information in our archives, and are now asking for further contributions, which you can make through this website (click HERE for more information).
Cultural tradition is not confined to relics from the past: it also concerns the ways in which we do everyday things like tying shoelaces or decorating a cake, or how we celebrate a special occasion like a birthday. The point is that we learn how to do these ordinary things from somebody - it could be parents, friends, the media - and this is cultural tradition in action.
The principal categories covered by the Survey are:
1. Language and communication
3. Custom and belief
4. Traditional narrative
5. Traditional music, dance, and drama
6. Material culture, work techniques, arts and crafts
CLICK HERE to find out how to get involved