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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. A Pageant of Mercers' School
    Historical pageants were popular with schools; this is an example. Many of such pageants marked anniversaries, but this does not appear to have been the case here. The pageant seems to have told th...

  12. The Tower Hill Pageant and Tattoo
    Held outdoors by the moat of the Tower of London, this was a pageant to raise funds for the Tower Hill improvement project. Concluding with an historical display by the 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusilie...

  13. Pageant of Harrow
    Adapted by Ruth L. Tonge from the Book of Words of the earlier 1923 Harrow Historical Pageant, this pageant was presented by the combined Boy Scout Associations of Harrow Urban District. It is an e...

  14. Hull Civic Pageant
    Many interwar pageants were associated with civic weeks or celebrations; this is one such example. Unfortunately we have not yet been able to examine the archival and other materials related to thi...

  15. Tenterden Homewood School Pageant
    Historical pageants were popular with schools; this is an postwar example. While many such pageants commemorated anniversaries in the history of the school in question, this one was staged in assoc...

  16. Kingston Grammar School Sexcentenary Pageant
    From the outset, historical pageants were popular with schools; this is an example from the Edwardian period. In 1909, Kingston Grammar School celebrated its six hundredth anniversary, and it seems...

  17. Pageant of Local History
    Hundreds of pageants were held during the Festival of Britain in 1951, with pageants in the county held at Boston and Grimsby. Whilst unlike many Festival pageants, monarchy played a significant pa...

  18. The Leaves of Time
    One thousand years of life in Speen, Buckinghamshire, were celebrated in this twelve-scene pageant, staged by villagers as part of Speen Millenium celebrations. Inspired by Mary Kelly's guide, How ...

  19. Pageant of London (South of the Thames)
    Staged in the grounds of the Crystal Palace, at Sydenham, this pageant was a celebration of the history of London—but specifically that of south London. This perhaps reflected a feeling that the hi...

  20. Bygone Aberdeen: A Historical Pageant in Ten Episodes
    In June 1953, Bygone Aberdeen: A Historical Pageant in Ten Episodes was performed at Pittodrie Stadium, the home of Aberdeen Football Club, as part of Aberdeen’s Coronation celebrations. Perhaps to...