The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016



We have now published the first version of our pageants database, also accessible via the 'Pageants' tab at the top of the screen. We'd be really interested to hear what you think about the database. Thoughts, comments, suggestions for amendments and corrections all much appreciated - as we will be updating the database for many years to come. Please email us about the database on We'd love to hear from you!

Please see the database FAQs for information about how to use and cite the database.


Welcome to the online home of The Redress of the Past, a major Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project examining historical pageants in twentieth-century Britain.

Subject to regular bouts of 'pageant fever', communities across England, Scotland and Wales staged theatrical re-enactments of events from local and national history with thousands of men, women and children involved as performers, organizers and spectators. This was national costume drama on a grand scale. Over the course of the twentieth century many hundreds of events were mounted by communities and institutions, ranging from small churches and village communities to large cities such as Liverpool and Manchester.

On our website you can find Featured Pageants, as well as regular Blogs about all aspects of the project and our research. Any talks we deliver will be listed on the Papers Presented page.

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