Papers Presented


On this page you can find a record of all (or most, anyway!) the papers the project team has delivered - some with audio recordings - as well as details of any upcoming talks.


Forthcoming Papers

Interwar London and Its Border Towns: Resisting the Suburbanisation of Civic Identity (Urban Governance and the Future of European Citizenship – Barriers to EU Citizenship network, EU funded, University of Oxford, February 2017) – delivered by Tom Hulme. Case studies used are historical pageants.

The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Twentieth-Century Britain (Faculty of Humanities Seminar, The Education University of Hong Kong, 23 May 2017) - to be delivered by Mark Freeman.

16 May 2017: Bacton and Cotton Local History Society talk - to be delivered by Paul Readman

Keynote address at the History of Education Society annual conference, University of Winchester, November 2017 – to be delivered by Mark Freeman.


Papers Presented (in chronological order)

The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016 (Sport and Leisure History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London, October 2013) - delivered by Mark Freeman - podcast available here.

Historical Pageants: Exploring Local, Regional and National Identities in the Performance of the Past (Social History Society Annual Conference, Northumbria University, 8th April 2014) - Mark Freeman delivers an introduction to the project - MP3 available here. 

Pageants and Parades (Tullie House, Carlisle, 10th April 2014) - delivered by Linda Fleming.

Commemoration Through Dramatic Performance: Historical Pageants and the Age of Anniversaries, 1905-1920 (Royal Historical Society Symposium, University of East Anglia, 30th April 2014) -delivered by Paul Readman.

The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Twentieth-Century Britain (Open University MA History Day School, Birmingham, 10th May 2014) - delivered by Mark Freeman.

The Chelsea Historical Pageant in the Old Ranelagh Gardens,  (Chelsea Fringe Festival, King's College London, 21st May, 2014) - delivered by Tom Hulme

Representations of War and Social Upheaval in British Historical Pageants, 1905-1960 (International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Institute of Education, London, 23rd July 2014) - delivered by Mark Freeman

Performing the Past: Identity, Civic Culture and Historical  Pageants in Twentieth-Century Small Towns (European Association of Urban History Conference, Lisbon, 6th September, 2014) - delivered by Tom Hulme

"And those who live, how shall I tell their fame?" Historical Pageants and the First World War 1918-1939 (Institute of Historical Research, History of Education seminar, 4th December 2014) - delivered by Mark Freeman.

Historical Pageants in Twentieth-Century Britain (Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society, 13th April 2015) - delivered by Mark Freeman and Charlotte Tupman

The ‘Strange Death’ of Scottish History? Examining the Scottish Past Performed in Historical Pageantry (International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Istanbul University, Turkey, June 2015) – delivered by Mark Freeman.

Bishops, Dinosaurs, and Robot Soldiers of Death: Performing ‘History’ in Twentieth-Century Britain (New History Lab, Leicester, 27th March 2014) - delivered by Tom Hulme

Performing the Medieval Past: Historical Pageantry in Twentieth-Century Europe (Winchester Seminars on Comparative Medieval Cultures annual Capstone Lecture, 30 April 2015) - delivered by Paul Readman

"And those who live, how shall I tell their fame?”: Historical Pageants and the First World War in Britain 1918-1960 (Aftermath: The Cultural Legacies of WW1, King's College London, 21 May 2015) - delivered by Tom Hulme

The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain 1905-2016 (pageants study day, Verulamium Museum, St Albans, 6 June 2015) – delivered by Mark Freeman.

"No Mere Fairy Tale”: Historical Pageantry and the Folk Revival in Dorset, 1905-1939 (Why Folkloristics? Uppsala University, Visby, 10-12 June 2015) - delivered by Tom Hulme

“Glasgow: Being British, Acting Scottish”, Uppsala University (Why Folkloristics? Uppsala University, Visby, 10-12 June) - delivered by Linda Fleming

Historical Pageantry in the Twentieth Century (Somerset and Dorset Family History Society, 4th July 2015) - delivered by Paul Readman and Tom Hulme

Pageants: the People’s History? (Institute of Historical Research Summer School in Local History, 22 July 2015) – delivered by Mark Freeman.

The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Twentieth-Century Britain (International Committee of Historical Sciences 22nd Congress, Jinan, China, August 2015) - delivered by Mark Freeman

Historical Pageants in Carlisle and Beyond (Tullie House Museum ‘Tullie Talks’ lunchtime lecture series, Carlisle, September 2015) – delivered by Angela Bartie.

Historical Pageants: Exploring local, regional and national identities in the performance of the past’ (Carlisle, September 2015) - delivered by Linda Fleming

Pageants and People: Authenticity and Fabrication, King’s College London, 19 Oct. 2015 - delivered by Paul Readman, Tom Hulme, and Ellie Reid

Conference panel on Historical Pageants in Twentieth-Century Britain and Ireland, North American Conference on British Studies, Little Rock, Arkansas, 13-15 Nov. 2015, including introductory talk and commentary by Paul Readman, and:

- The Scots Pageant!”: the Arbroath Abbey Pageant and the state of unionism in post-war Scotland - delivered by Linda Fleming

- “A Nation of Town Criers”: Civic Publicity and Historical Pageants in 1930s Britain - delivered by Tom Hulme

Civic Identity and ‘the Octopus’: Historical Pageants on the Border of Interwar London (Metropolitan History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London, November 2015) – delivered by Tom Hulme.

The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain 1905-2016, UCL Institute of Education, Department of Education, Practice and Society seminar series, 4 November 2015 - delivered by Mark Freeman

Voyaging through History: the Mayflower and Port City Culture in 1920s Britain (University of Leicester, Centre for Urban History seminar series, Leicester, February 2016) – delivered by Tom Hulme. Case studies used are historical pageants in Plymouth and Southampton.

Scotland's Pageant: the Arbroath Abbey Pageants and Scottish National Identity (Scottish History Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh, March 2016) – delivered by Linda Fleming.

Historical Pageants and the Medieval Past in Twentieth-century Britain, German Historical Institute, London, public lecture, 1 March 2016 - delivered by Paul Readman

The Pageant and the Octopus: the Suburbanisation of Civic Identity in Britain (Urban History Group Conference, Cambridge, March/April 2016) – delivered by Tom Hulme.

Voyaging through History: the Mayflower and Seaport Culture in 1920s Britain, European Association of Urban History Biannual Conference (Helsinki, August 2016) - delivered by Tom Hulme

The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain 1905-2016  (History in the Limelight: Dramatising the Past, c.1850 to the Present (London, September 2016) - delivered by Paul Readman

Performing the Scottish Past: Historical Pageants, Popular Education and National Identity in the Twentieth Century (British Educational Research Association, annual conference, University of Leeds, September 2016) – delivered by Mark Freeman.

Religion, Education and Folk Culture in the Chittlehampton Pageant (1936), History in the Limelight: Dramatising the Past, c.1850 to the Present (London, September 2016) - delivered by Alex Hutton

New Pageants for a New Scotland? John McGrath’s Border Warfare (1989) and John Brown’s Body (1990),

History in the Limelight: Dramatising the Past, c.1850 to the Present (London, September 2016) - delivered by Angela Bartie

The urban-booster of Ayrshire: Matthew Anderson and civic publicity in Depression Britain
, History in the Limelight: Dramatising the Past, c.1850 to the Present (London, September 2016) - delivered by Tom Hulme

The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain 1905-2016 (lecture at Center for European Studies, FedEx Global Education Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 14 September 2016) - delivered by Paul Readman.

Representing the National and Local Past: Kynren in Context (History of Education Society annual conference, Great Malvern, 18-20 November 2016) – delivered by Mark Freeman.

Historical Pageants: from Sherborne 1905 to Olympic Stadium 2012, Sherborne Historical Society, Dorset, 6 Dec, 2016 - delivered by Paul Readman