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  1. The Bury St Edmunds Pageant of Magna Carta
    The Bury St Edmunds Magna Carta Pageant of 1959 was a major event, with 12 ticketed performances across 10 days. While it picked up on many of the themes of the 1907 pageant the town had held, most...

  2. Pageant of Bignor
    In 1911 Bignor had a population of 112, fewer than the number of performers ‘of all grades of society, and mainly drawn from the immediate district’3 who participated in the Pageant of Bignor.4 As ...

  3. A Vision of Empire
    ‘A Vision of Empire’ was commissioned by the Daily Express in 1932 as part of the annual Empire Day celebrations. It was written to be a short pageant of only 30 minutes, conducted at ‘lightning sp...

  4. The Historical Pageant of Leicestershire
    The Leicester Pageant of 1932 was locally a major event, with twelve performances and a cast of 5000 performers, utilising the Edwardian pageantry tradition through one of the most successful and b...

  5. Shropshire Historical Pageant
    The Shropshire Pageant, held in the same season as the Runnymede Pageant, managed to combine a grandeur and spectacle of performance with a distinctive local feel, eschewing the more generic visits...

  6. Pageant of Poole
    Taking place in 1952 the Pageant of Poole was the last production of the theatrical performer and producer Gwen Lally, probably the most famous and prolific of the female pageant-masters. The autho...

  7. Borough of Reigate Pageant: The Heritage of the Crown
    This pageant was held in the Coronation year of 1953, though three months after the event itself. Held in the Surrey town of Reigate, it was one of a number of pageants in the towns surrounding Lon...

  8. The Lancashire Cotton Pageant
    The Lancashire Cotton Pageant was a large and spectacular affair staged 16 times in the summer of 1932. Because the pageant was focused on cotton, Manchester was a natural home for the event. But i...

  9. St Albans Pageant 1953: A Masque of the Queens
    Having staged a pageant during the height of Edwardian ‘pageant fever’ in 1907, as well as one of the early post-war pageants in 1948, St Albans did it for the third time during the Coronation cele...

  10. St Albans Millenary Pageant
    The Millenary Pageant of 1948 was the second time a historical pageant had been staged in St Albans. The first was in 1907, during the wave of ‘pageant fever’ that swept Britain before the First Wo...

  11. Berkshire Historical Pageant
    Women’s Institute (WI) Pageants were highly popular during the 1920s and early 1930s, and county pageants were especially successful. Other County WI pageants were held at the following: Norfolk (1...

  12. A Pageant of the Church in Colne
    In a year when pageants, organised by numerous organisations as well as municipal authorities, abounded across the whole of the British Isles, the town of Colne in Lancashire had the distinction of...

  13. The Wisbech Pageant
    The idea for a pageant in Wisbech was first mooted by the town’s Mayor, J.W.A. Ollard, in his inaugural speech in 1928, where he spoke of his ‘dream’ for a ‘monster’ pageant in the town.3 Such an e...

  14. ‘The Flaming Torch’: A Pageant Play

  15. 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...