Pageants 612

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  1. The Tiger and the Deer; an Historical Pageant for the Borough of Hillingdon
    A number of pageants were held in the post-war years at Stanmore (1950) Streatham (1951), Wealdstone (1956), Finsbury (1960) and Croydon (1960), emphasizing the distinct histories of the particular...

  2. Home of the Chaine folk
    A great many pageants were held in association with the 1951 Festival of Britain and this is one example (see Bedale, Hunmanby and Carlisle). Staged by local schoolchildren and their teachers, it s...

  3. Pageant of Local History
    This is an example of the hundreds of village pageant held in association with the 1951 Festival of Britain (see Bedale, East Grinstead, and Home of the Chaine Folk). It was performed by local chil...

  4. The Pageant of Launceton
    Launceston’s Pageant Master, Mary Kelly, was key force behind the Village Dramatic Society. The society was founded in 1919 in Kelly’s native Devon, and put on numerous plays and pageants in the 19...

  5. The Pageant of Leyton
    There is very little information on this pageant, which told the story of the Parish of Leyton from earliest times through to the granting of the town charter in 1926.

  6. ‘The Land Around Us’: a Pageant of the Isle of Ely
    This indoor pageant - one of several held in and around Ely (see 1951 and 2000) was performed just once, on 25 July 1956. Held in the hall of the county Secondary School in Witchford, near Ely, it ...

  7. ‘A Goodly Heritage’
    Village pageants were notably popular in interwar Surrey (see Merstham (1920) and Tatsfield (1938)). This example was held in association with the six-hundredth anniversary of the parish church, or...

  8. Historical Pageant in the Hermitage Garden
    This is an example of an interwar church pageant, which tells the story of Christianity in England, from the arrival of St Alban through to the missionary work done by the present church, a common ...

  9. A Pageant for Coronation Year 1953
    A previous pageant on the History of British Music from 1200 to 1682 had been held in St John’s College in 1951 as a part of the Festival of Britain celebrations. Two years later, the Coronation of...

  10. Walpole Old Chapel Tercentenary Pageant
    Nonconformist religious groups were notably active in the pageant movement. This is a post-Second World War example from Walpole in Suffolk, which was put on by members of local Congregational chur...

  11. 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”...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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 ...