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Founded in 1956 as a ‘half-yearly journal of Folk Life’ by its editor Iorwerth C. Peate (1901–82), Gwerin was the first periodical devoted to the subject of folk life in Britain, and paved the way for the Society for Folk Life Studies’ journal Folk Life which continues to this day. The word ‘gwerin’ is Welsh for ‘folk’, but the journal took the whole of the British Isles, and beyond, as its brief. As befits the field which it helped to define, Gwerin provided a much-needed focus for museum workers and others from related disciplines who were beginning to take a serious interest in folk life, to describe and discuss traditional ways of life. The last issue was vol. 3, no. 6 (1962).

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