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The Pageant of Aylestone
This is one of the many pageants held in association of the 1951 Festival of Britain. Aylestone is now a suburb of Leicester, but it was formerly a separate village. The place has a long history (A...
Held in June 1972, this pageant commemorated the 1300th anniversary of the death of St Chad, who became bishop of Lichfield in 669. It featured a street procession, but also a dramatic re-enactment...
Lichfield Pageant 1975
Lichfield's 1972 pageant had been held to commemorate the 1300th anniversary of the death of St Chad, who had established a see at Lichfield in the seventh century. The pageant staged three years l...
The Milford-on-Sea Pageant & Fete
On Bank Holiday Monday in early August 1930, a pageant and fete was held in the grounds of Newlands Manor, home of the Sir John Power, MP for Wimbledon. The event was put on in aid of the Milford-o...
A Historical Pageant
Historical pageants had been staged at Craigmillar in 1906 and 1927; after an interval of forty years, this was the third staged there. Under the direction of Miss E. Willis, it was performed outdo...
Coronation Historical Pageant
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 was an occasion for historical pageantry. Major examples include events in Warwickshire and Lancaster, but smaller-scale village-level pageants also too...
This is an early example of an historical pageant held to celebrate a coronation, in this case that of George V in 1911. The years before the First World War saw great enthusiasm for all things Eli...
Mitcham has strong connections with queen Elizabeth I, who visited the locality on at least five separate occasions. This pageant, entirely focused on the Elizabethan age, paid tribute to those ass...
Fishers of Men
Historical pageants were popular with churches and religious organisations; this is an interwar example from Middlesbrough. The pageant seems to have held under the auspices of the Church of Englan...
What Made England
This pageant was staged as part of Middlesbrough's Coronation Year celebrations. It was organised by the Middlesbrough Rural Deanery of the Church of England, which established a pageant committee ...
St Chad's (Parish Church) Pageant
This is an example of a church pageant. Very little is known about it, but there was some local newspaper coverage.
Bedford College was the first women’s institute for higher education in the United Kingdom; founded in 1849, it became part of the University of London in 1900. At a time when few women had opportu...
Bedford River Pageant
The Bedford River Pageant was certainly one of the most ambitious town pageants of the interwar era. Whilst it involved fewer scenes and performers than many, its spectacular portrayal of the Battl...
Grand Pageant of Brighton
There is very little information about this major pageant. It was staged by Patrick Kirwan, who staged major pageants during the 1920s at Harlech (1920), Arundel (1923), Wimbledon (1925), and Bexhi...
Fens Pageant 1994
There is little information about this pageant, which took place in a region once rich with such ventures (see, for example, the entries for Wisbech (1929 and 1949) and King’s Lynn (1954)). The pag...
Boddington Manor Pageant
The Boddington Manor Pageant of 1932 was a classic evocation of a perennial, bucolic rural England. It was written and organized by Violet Seeley, who had been instrumental in the staging of the Te...