Help Preserve the World's Traditions

Welcome to the Memory Seedbank  project; a place to capture and discover living traditions still being practised around the World and the resources and organisations that support and preserve them.

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Mapping Living Traditions
Traditional Thai House building; “ruen thai”

Ruen Thai” is the name commonly used to refer to the traditional Thai house. It is widely used as an accommodation for both ordinary people and the royal family. ...

Adobe Houses in USA

Building dwellings out of adobe is a tradition that has endured amongst Pueblo Indian tribes of the American Southwest for centuries. An adobe brick is a composite material made of clay, which is u...

Marae/Whare Meeting House of New Zealand

In Maori usage, marae is technically the enclosed space in front of a whare or meeting house (literally "big house"). It is on this open square that public gatherings are still held on matters of m...

Wattle Weaving in East Anglia

Wattle Weaving (or wattling) is the technique of weaving thin branches (usually split) or slats between upright stakes(zales) to make a woven lattice used for fences and hurdles for enclosing groun...

Vetrerie di Murano/ Glass-making on Murano island (Venice)

Venetian glass-making, based on the island of Murano, is renowned across Italy for the quality of its artifacts (usually very colourful and elaborate) as well as for being one of the oldest arts st...

Jota Aragonesa in Spain

The Jota is Spanish folk dance with a ¾ rhythm originating in the north of which dates back as far as the 18th century and is the national folk dance of Aragon. Jota is derived from Latin an...

Thatching in the UK

Thatching is the traditional roofing of English domestic architecture, which, since it could be made from natural material was much cheaper than slate or ceramic tiles until the 19th century.

Aceitunas (olives) in Spain

Aceitunas (olives), aceite de oliva (olive oil) and almazara (from the Arabic المعصرة [al-ma’sara] meaning ‘place for squeezi...

Aljibe in Spain

Aljibe (from Spanish Arabic algúbb, and from classical Arabic gubb). Rainwater storage deposit, typically built underground and covered with a dome, with v...

Elfstedentocht / Eleven cities tour in the Netherlands

The Elfstedentocht (Dutch, Eleven cities tour) is an ice skating tour of almost 200 kilometres, and follows a closed or circular route along frozen canals, rivers and lakes visiting eleven his...

Egyptian Archive of Folk Life and Folk Traditions

This digital library covers:

Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts; performing arts, music, dance
Social Practices, Rituals, and Festive Events; custom and traditions, f...

Transhumance/Transhumanz in the Alps

Herding livestock from lowland grazing land to highlands in the Summer and back to lowlands in the Winter.


Irish Set Dancing

One of the first known references to Irish dancing is in a letter written by Sir Henry Sidney to Queen Elizabeth I in 1569. "They are very beautiful, magnificently dressed and first class dancers,"...

Bread Baking in Germany: Bäckerhandwerk

The baking of bread in a traditional manner. In terms of organisation, bakery in Germany remains close to its historical roots. Whilst in other countries bread is mainly produced industrially, thus...

Alaska Native Science Commission

The Alaska Native Science Commission (ANSC) was established in 1994 to bring together research and science in partnership with the Native community.  It serves as a clearinghouse for proposed ...