Pageants 650

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  1. Sandwich Pageant
    ‘It might be said that Sandwich, being so curious a survival, is itself a standing historical pageant. When the harbour had silted up and the town had become, in Wesley’s words, a “poor, dry, dead”...

  2. Shebbear Pageant
    The Shebbear pageant was a small event. It was performed by locals and staged by Ernest Martin, social historian, adult education lecturer and author of The Secret People (1954), a study of the his...

  3. Pageant of St Bees
    A local press report published shortly after the pageant held at St Bees School in 1928 remarked that 'Historical Pageants are something of a novelty in Cumberland'. This piece went on to comment t...

  4. Bethnal Green Pageant
    This seems to have been a small-scale. It was held in aid of various local charities. Staged in York Hall in February 1935, it was likely performed 4 times.

  5. Fife Historical and Medieval Pageant
    No programme has been recovered from this early Scottish pageant, which may have been produced by Patrick Geddes.

  6. School Children's Pageant of History
    Staged in association with the Royal Jubilee celebrations of 1935, this pageant was performed largely by local schoolchildren.  

  7. The Amber Gate
    The Amber Gate was one of a number of generic pageants performed across the UK during the interwar period. In this case, it was performed by Girl Guides. The play was written by Marion Catherine Ba...

  8. Walter Scott Pageant
    This pageant took place at Mellerstain House, near Gordon in Berwickshire. There were many events in 1932 that marked the centenary of Walter Scott's death, and in the late 1920s and early 1930s hi...

  9. Pageant of Kilmany
    This pageant took place at Kilmany House in Fife, and was probably a series of tableaux. Organised by the local Scottish Women's Rural Institute to support the North Fife Nursing Association, the d...

  10. Abernethy Pageant
    This pageant was organised by the Women's Voluntary Service, assisted by the Newburgh and Abernethy Scottish Women's Rural Institutes, in aid of the Red Cross. No programme has been recovered, but ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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...

  13. 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.

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...