Pageants 620

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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. Pageant of Newcraighall Mining Community
    This pageant was first performed in 1989 and revived in the following year. In 1989 the director was Lloyd Quinan, an actor, director and television presenter, who was an MSP, representing the West...

  12. Pageant of Newcraighall History
    The 'Pageant of Newcraighall Mining Community' was first staged in 1989, directed by Lloyd Quinan. In 1990 it was performed again, this time under the direction of Bill McElhaney, who later played ...

  13. Pageant of Cannock Chase
    Many pageants were held in association with the 1951 Festival of Britain. Masterminded by the prolific Lawrence Du Garde Peach, this was planned as fairly large-scale outdoor production. As it turn...

  14. Co-operative Centenary Pageant
    It is not clear whether this pageant used the same script as the series of Co-operative Centenary Pageants in 1944.

  15. A Pageant of Bishopsgate Ward
    The 'Pageant of Bishopsgate Ward' was performed as part of the bicentenary celebrations of the Central Foundation Girls' School, formerly known as the Bishopsgate Ward School. The school had presen...

  16. Free Churches Pageant
    A great many historical pageants were staged up and down the country in association with the 1951 Festival of Britain. These took various forms, from large-scale civic events to smaller performance...

  17. Floodlit Garden Pageant
    Floodlit pageants became quite common after the Second World War. 

  18. The Romance of King Arthur: A Pageant
    Very little is known about this small Cornish pageant, which was evidently focused on the myth-history of King Arthur. The medieval ruins of Tintagel Castle have of course long been closely associa...

  19. Lostwithiel 800, 1189-1989
    This pageant was staged as part of the Lostwithiel 800 celebrations in 1989. The two performances were held outdoors in the grounds of the thirteenth-century Restormel Castle, a site particularly r...

  20. A Pageant of Nursing
    In May 1950, Countess Mountbatten announced the launch of a fund by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to provide advanced training for nurses. The Countess became president of this special fund. T...