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  1. Pageant of Dudley, 1908
    The Dudley Pageant, held at the height of ‘Pageant Fever’ in 1908, was conceived around the same time as major pageants in Dover, Bath, and Bury St Edmunds.2 However, compared to others of the time...

  2. The Pageant of Dudley, 1951
    Dudley had previously held a pageant in 1908, staged by children on the same site as the 1951 pageant. This had been a great success seen by thousands. Although a small place often eclipsed by near...

  3. Dundee Civic Week Pageant
    Plans for a civic week in Dundee, which had a historical pageant as a central feature, were originally formed in March 1944; and it was anticipated that the week-long occasion would be held later t...

  4. A Pageant of East Grinstead
    The 1951 Festival of Britain saw something of a revival of historical pageantry in a world in which it appeared increasingly outmoded when competing with cinema, theatre and—most of all—television....

  5. A Pageant of Ecclesfield
    Pageants focused on parish churches and their histories continued to be a feature of cultural life in the English countryside after the Second World War. This is an example of one such pageant, hel...

  6. Edmund of Anglia
    Edmund of Anglia was a pageant-play, staged 19 times in the summer of 1970 in the Abbey Gardens of Bury St Edmunds. It was the main summer attraction of the Year of Edmund, a series of events, incl...

  7. The Edwinstowe Coronation Pageant
    The Edwinstowe Pageant of 1953 was held to commemorate the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. It was the last and by far largest event in the village’s two-month-long programme of various sports c...

  8. England’s Pleasant Land
    It is easy to list the pageant as part of the rural nostalgia of the inter-war period, which was felt as a pervasive anxiety that something important was being irretrievably lost.2 This anxiety ste...

  9. English Church Pageant
    Originally proposed by the Rev. Walter Marshall of St. Patrick’s Church, Hove, the English Church Pageant was at first going to take place in Brighton. When, during planning, the event grew conside...

  10. The Pageant of Ercildoune
    The Pageant of Ercildoune was a bespoke affair, held under the auspices of Earlston Girls' Club specifically to raise money for the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and for the Children's Hospital in the ...

  11. The Pageant of Essex
    Following on from the Barking Pageant in 1931, the larger-in-scope Pageant of Essex was staged in summer 1932 to raise money for the newly opened King George Hospital in Ilford. Directed by Frank L...

  12. Pageant of Farnham
    The Pageant of Farnham was the first of many pageants devised by Neville Lovett (the future Bishop of Salisbury and Portsmouth). It was held to repay some of the debts on the Church House (now Vine...

  13. Pageant of Angus History
    Pageants, though they outwardly celebrated the importance of the past, nevertheless did sometimes take place because of an underlying worry that memories and knowledge of history and traditions wer...

  14. Framlingham Castle Pageant
    The Framlingham Castle Pageant of 1931 was a small-to-medium sized summertime pageant, performed six times to audiences of around 2000 on each occasion. The pageant was first formally suggested at ...

  15. George Herbert Tercentenary
    Pageants often attracted a range of eminent writers, poets, historians and other ‘literary types’. Examples include the historian Charles Oman in the 1907 Pageant of Oxford; the writer Arthur Quill...

  16. Gildersome Pageant
    The Gildersome Pageant is an example of an interwar village pageant. As evident from its organisational structure (seven separate committees), it was rather grander in scale and ambition than many ...

  17. A Pageant of Scotland
    The star of the Pageant of Scotland held in 1952 was not a figure from the past; rather, it was its main guest, a woman who must have known that she would one day gain a place in history. As World ...

  18. The Quest
    This institution-led pageant, which took place in Blackburn in the north of England in 1930, made use of an existing text that was the work of no less than the grand pageant master himself—Louis Na...

  19. The Story of the West: A Pageant of the Britons, the Vikings, the Traders and the Clans
    ‘For two and a half crowded hours ghostly figures from Scottish pageantry, wild, staid, pompous, and romantic, live a brief while again as they slowly cross the stage, linger, and disappear back in...

  20. Coventry Cathedral Pageant
    Many cities in Britain were heavily bombed during the Second World War; however, along with London, Coventry has come to symbolise the civilian costs of war in a similar way to Dresden, Stalingrad ...