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  1. The Historical Pageant of Faith and Freedom
    Hugh Parry, a Welsh Congregationalist minister, wrote a number of historical pageants which told the story of the emergence and growth of forms of Nonconformist Protestantism in Britain. These incl...

  2. The Pageant of Empire
    The Pageant of Empire took place over the course of a wet six weeks in July and August 1924 in the huge newly-constructed concrete Wembley Stadium. It was just one attraction of the monumental Brit...

  3. The Pageant of London
    The Pageant of London was the main attraction of the Festival of Empire at Crystal Palace in 1911. Undoubtedly the largest and most ambitious pageant of the Edwardian period, if not the whole twent...

  4. Communist Manifesto Centenary Meeting and Pageant
    The Communist Manifesto was the first full statement of the aims of the working-class movement and of its mission—to be ‘the grave-digger of capitalism’…History has already confirmed the conclusion...

  5. Wimbledon Park Pageant and Fair
    Pageants in the suburbs of London were popular during the 1920s and 1930s. If interwar London was to be defined by its suburbs, made famous as John Betjeman’s ‘Metroland’, pageants themselves were ...

  6. Rotherhithe Church Pageant
    The Rotherhithe Church Pageant, held at St. Mary’s, Rotherhithe, was a highly anticipated event, not only in the community—where ‘humble workers’ in the district made their own costumes under the s...

  7. The Pageant of Streatham (1936)
    The Pageant of Streatham was a small event that took place indoors at Streatham Hall for three performances in February 1936. It was a slightly altered version of the Streatham Pageant that had tak...

  8. The Pageant of Streatham (1951)
    The Streatham Pageant of 1951 was the third and seemingly final outing for the event first staged in 1925 and then again in 1936. It was staged in the Streatham Baths Hall instead of Streatham Hall...

  9. A History of Nursing Pageant
    Nursing is an ancient and valued profession. And yet it has encountered a shocking degree of stigma and gendered stereotypes, which often presented it as a role of secondary importance to that of (...

  10. St Paul’s Steps
    How much did spectators actually get out of pageants? Did people in the cheapest seats at the pageant, who most likely did not buy a programme or book of words, particularly those whose grip on his...

  11. The Rock
    Jed Esty has argued that the involvement of number of modernist writers, including T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster and Virginia Woolf, in writing (or writing about) historical pageants in the 1930s was a ...

  12. The Three Towns Pageants
    The Festival of Britain 1951 was the key cultural event of the period.3 Nationwide, a programme of events was skilfully planned with the aim of embracing modernist influences on British culture whi...

  13. Ilford Children’s Pageant
    Children’s pageants proved popular fixtures during the twentieth century, for instance in Stepney (1909), Kirkcaldy (1911), Windsor (1911), Berkhamsted (1922), and Leeds (1926). Many smaller-scale ...

  14. The Finsbury Story
    The Finsbury Story was a late and commendable instance of municipal pageantry, the type which had flourished in interwar Britain but had gone into decline in the immediate post-war decades. These p...

  15. Croydon Cavalcade of Women
    Croydon’s pageant was one of hundreds held to celebrate the Festival of Britain in 1951, in spite of its proximity to the Festival’s home in Battersea Pleasure Gardens. Croydon held a subsequent pa...

  16. Purple and Russet: An Historical Pageant-Play
    Hugh Parry, a Welsh Congregationalist minister, wrote a number of historical pageants over many years. These told the story of the emergence and growth of forms of Protestant Dissent. They included...

  17. Towards Tomorrow: A Pageant of Co-operation
    After the costly failure of the London Pageant of Labour (1934), whose organisers were pursued through the courts for several years by their creditors (eagerly reported on by the right-wing press),...

  18. ‘Truth on the March’: A Pageant of the Press in the Struggle for Peace
    Whilst Popular Front Pageants (largely organised and written by members of the Communist Party of Great Britain) had been significant before the Second World War, with the Wembley Co-operative Page...

  19. The Chelsea Historical Pageant
    Performed in 1908, the Chelsea Pageant was part of the initial wave of ‘pageantitis’, and notably the first pageant to be staged within the capital. ‘Little Chelsea’, declared The Times, was ‘going...

  20. Croydon Old Palace Pageant
    Croydon had a history of pageants, including Louis Napoleon Parker’s unsuccessful attempt to stage a Pageant of Croydon in 1923 and The Croydon Parish Church Pageant of 1930, ‘The Church Witness’, ...