Pageants 620

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  1. Pageant of Surrey
    The Pageant of Surrey, one of a great number held in the county, is notable for being the first directed by Christopher Ede, who became one of the leading post-war Pageant masters. Ede had previous...

  2. A Pageant of St. Ethelreda
    This was one of many historical pageants held in association with the 1951 Festival of Britain. Unlike many other such pageants, that staged at Ely focused solely on the medieval period, and in par...

  3. Ramsgate Pageant
    Surprisingly few people remember the Danish invasion of 1949. However, standing on the cliffs above Ramsgate on 29 July, a watching Saxon would have glimpsed a sight which had terrified his or her ...

  4. Reigate Pageant
    The town of Reigate was no stranger to pageants. It had previously held pageants in 1913, 1933, 1935, and had been planning a Pageant to celebrate the Coronation of George VI since December 1936.[1...

  5. Sandy Coronation Pageant
    In January 1953, the local newspaper columnist ‘Democrat’ had lamented the state of local drama, asking: ‘Is there no local talent in Sandy?’, and complaining that ‘so many other villages and towns...

  6. The Woman with a Basket
    The pageant was based on the story of Women’s Co-operative Guild, established in 1883 to promote the values of co-operation among women.[1] Correspondence in the Women's Co-operative Guild Archive ...

  7. Pageant of Lewes Priory
    The pageant was part of the 1972 Lewes Festival. It was also referred to as Son Et Lumiere and A Pageant of Light, Sound and Mime, relying heavily on a recorded commentary, musical and lighting eff...

  8. Historical Pageant of Littleham-cum-Exmouth
    This seems to have been quite a small-scale pageant about which very little information survives. It illustrates the persistence of the pageant movement into the 1980s.

  9. Oundle Road Baptist Church Peterborough Centenary Pageant
    Nonconformist religious groups were notably active in the pageant movement. This is an example of a pageant held in association with a Baptist church in Peterborough. Other Baptist pageants were he...

  10. Shute Historical Pageant
    This is an example of a pageant put on by a school. Staged at Shute School, Devon, in July 1936, the pageant seems to have been devised as well as performed by the pupils themselves (though one mus...

  11. Tatsfield Church Pageant
    This was a very small church pageant. Its main claim to fame was that its cast included two members of the great Liberal dynasty, the Bonham-Carters: Margaret and Rosemary. Small though it was, how...

  12. Todmorden Festival of Britain Pageant
    This was just one of hundreds of historical pageants staged in association with the 1951 Festival of Britain. Two pageants were held in nearby Colne (and The Church Marches on) during the Festival ...

  13. Illuminated Pageant of Dartford and its Parish Church
    Church pageants remained quite popular into the 1960s and 1970s (see St Wilfrid's (1965)). This is an example of one such pageant, focusing on the religious history of Holy Trinity Church, Dartford...

  14. Herne Bay Pageant in Celebration of the Coronation of Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth
    Like many pageants held in connection with the 1937 Coronation (see, for instance, entries for pageants at Tonge and Reigate), this was a relatively small-scale pageant. In its content, it was home...

  15. A Chapter of the Ancient History of Tonge
    Billed as a ‘miniature pageant’ this was a very small-scale affair. It was likely performed just once, on 12 May 1937, and seems to have been connected to the 1937 Coronation Celebrations (Herne Ba...

  16. Upton Historical Pageant
    The Upton historical pageant was a small endeavour held to commemorate seven centuries of the church in the village. It was the brainchild of the Venerable F.H. West, based on a book he had written...

  17. A Pageant of Ditchling
    The Pageant was put on by the Ditchling Players, a dramatic group that had been founded in 1923. The Players’ first pageant was staged in 1950, with a further being held during the Festival of Brit...

  18. Elsworth School. The School Birthday Pageant 1954–1975
    Historical pageants were popular with institutions such as political parties, churches, youth groups, and the Women’s Institute. They were also popular with schools. From the early days of the move...

  19. A Cavalcade of Famous Women of Britain, Folkestone
    The early 1950s saw the staging of numerous historical pageants. The vast majority of these were held in connection with two events: the 1951 Festival of Britain and the 1953 Coronation of Queen El...

  20. Grand Pageant at Ilston Valley
    The Pageant told the story of John Miles, the Baptist Minister, who established the Baptist form of worship in the local area and in South Wales more generally. The 1936 pageant was one of at least...