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  1. Athelstan Millenary Pageant
    Kingston Upon Thames is the oldest of England's four Royal Boroughs and has long had a close association with the monarchy. Indeed, no fewer than seven Anglo-Saxon kings were crowned at Kingston. O...

  2. Great War Pageant 1917
    With the outbreak of the First World War, the 'Pageant Fever' that had been coursing through the veins of Edwardian England went into remission. Very large pageants on the scale of Louis Napoleon P...

  3. Almondbury Pageant and Carnival
    The Almondbury Pageant and Carnival was quite a large-scale event for a relatively small place. Held over two weeks in July 1936 it took place in a 'Carnival Field' off Thorpe Lane (in fact the Sch...

  4. Pageant of Local History
    This 'Pageant of Local History' told the story of Almondbury and Huddersfield from ancient times to the nineteenth century. (The final episode, interestingly enough, was no great celebration of com...

  5. Historical Pageant of the Mayflower
    The Tercentenary of the voyage of the Mayflower was marked by a number of historical pageants up and down the country. Major performances were put on at Plymouth and Southampton; there were also sm...

  6. A Pageant of Moravian Missions
    Historical pageants were popular with religious groups across the twentieth century. This is an example of one such pageant. Staged by the Fulneck Girls' School of the Moravian settlement in Pudsey...

  7. The Pageant of Margam Abbey
    Margam (now a suburb of Port Talbot) has a long history. Among other things, the place was the site of an important Cistercian settlement (Margam Abbey), the story of which was re-enacted in this p...

  8. The Second Northumbrian Pageant
    This was a follow-up event to the first Northumbrian pageant in 1923, a full entry for which can be found here. Like its predecessor, this pageant was held in the Theatre Royal under the auspices o...

  9. Happy Birthday New Castle!
    The city of Newcastle upon Tyne marked its nine hundredth anniversary in 1980. During the course of this year, a wide range of celebratory events, activities and attractions were organised. These w...

  10. Pageant of the Border
    Rural Northumberland is a landscape rich in associations with the past. Castles such as those at Alnwick and Ford bear testimony to centuries of Anglo-Scottish conflict. The pageant held here, at W...

  11. 2000 Years of History: A Pageant of Chester-le-Street
    Chester-le-Street celebrated its two thousandth anniversary in 1967. As in many other cases, an historical pageant was felt to be an appropriate addition to the festivities and one duly took place ...

  12. The Spirit of Victory
    As had been the case during the Great War, relatively few large-scale historical pageants were staged during the Second World War. There were exceptions, of course, including Basil Dean's St Paul's...

  13. Loyal Newcastle
    Loyal Newcastle presented 'pages from the story of a great city' in the form of an historical pageant held at the City Hall. An expression of civic pride of place, the event was also a demonstratio...

  14. Pageant of Pembroke
    It was originally intended that the Pembroke Pageant would take place in 1957, to coincide with the five hundredth anniversary of the birth of Henry Tudor—King Henry VII—at Pembroke Castle. In the ...

  15. Welshpool in the Beginning
    This is an example of an interwar Welsh pageant. A copy of the book of words (not yet consulted) is held by the Powysland Museum.

  16. Historical Pageant
    This was almost certainly a small pageant held in association with Festival of Britain celebrations. It was produced by Mrs E. Simpson Woolley, who had been involved in organising a previous pagean...

  17. The Golden Chain
    Derby was no stranger to historical pageants in the early post-war years: pageants had been staged there in 1946, 1948 and 1949. In 1950 'The Golden Chain' was performed in St Paul's School hall to...

  18. Ye Friary Pageant
    This pageant consisted of historical playlets and music, and told the history of the Derby friary from its earliest foundations (in the thirteenth century). The friary was dissolved in 1539.

  19. Children's Pageant of Derby
    This pageant consisted of sixteen scenes in the history of Derby. There is some archival material in the Derby Local Studies Library, BA394.2.

  20. Derby Hospitals Pageant 1991
    There is some archival material relating to this pageant in the Derby Local Studies Library, BA394.2. It was organised by the Derby Round Table.