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  1. John Alden’s Choice
    Taking place on Southampton’s West Quay in July 1920, ‘John Alden’s Choice’ was a pageant-play staged to celebrate the voyage of the Mayflower exactly four-hundred years earlier. It was written by ...

  2. Southampton Quincentenary Pageant
    Taking place as part of a wider celebration, staged to acknowledge the quincentenary of a charter that established the County Town of Southampton in 1447 and the five hundred and second anniversary...

  3. Southampton Silver Jubilee Pageant
    The Silver Jubilee Pageant of 1935, held to celebrate the 25-year reign of George V, was the last of three large pageants staged in Southampton in the interwar period. It was produced and directed ...

  4. The Southampton Tudor Pageant
    The Tudor Pageant of 1914 was the first major pageant to take place in Southampton in the twentieth century. It was the invention of the new rector of St Mary’s Church, Reverend Neville Lovett, who...

  5. Pageant of South Norwood
    This was one of many pageants held alongside the Festival of Britain in 1951. It was unusual in mixing historical and fictional material, as well as including very recent history in the form of an ...

  6. The Spirit of Dorset
    The ‘Spirit of Dorset’ Pageant took place in July 1939 in the grounds of the Lulworth Castle ruins. It was organized by the Dorset Federation of Women’s Institutes, described before the event by th...

  7. The Spirit of Warwickshire
    Parker’s spectacular 1906 pageant had made a great impression on the people of Warwick; as the Tamworth Herald reported in January 1930, the event ‘was still spoken of in the county as “The Pageant...

  8. Stafford Millenary Pageant
    The Stafford Pageant reflected the civic pride of a prosperous and ancient town which was able to celebrate a millennium of rich and varied history. As with Liverpool’s Seven Hundredth Anniversary ...

  9. Staffordshire Women’s Institute Pageant
    Women’s Institute pageants were highly popular during the 1920s and early 1930s, and county pageants were also greatly successful: The following pageants were held: Norfolk (1926)Oxfordshire (1926)...

  10. 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...

  11. The Selkirk Pageant
    This pageant was described as being for the townsfolk of Selkirk, 'a gesture of articulation' about 'the spirit and achievement of their ancestors'.36 In common with other Border pageants, the Selk...

  12. A Pageant of Monarchy
    This was one of the many pageants in Surrey produced by David Clarke, who had worked with Christopher Ede on the Guildford pageant of 1957, and had himself produced the 1968 Guildford pageant. Like...

  13. Silver Jubilee Pageant
    There was a revival of historical pageantry in 1977 on the occasion of the queen’s silver jubilee, and David Clarke’s pageant in Guildford was one of the most notable examples. Clarke had worked wi...

  14. Pageant of the History of Sheffield
    Taking the form of a mixture of dramatic episodes and tableaux, this was probably the first pageant held in Sheffield. Held in the gardens of Rye Lodge in the relatively affluent south-west suburbs...

  15. The City of Sheffield Centenary of Incorporation, 1943
    As George Calvert Holland wrote of Sheffield in 1843, the year in which its civic status was granted, ‘there are few manufacturing towns that have advanced more rapidly in wealth and population tha...

  16. Co-operative Century (Sheffield)
    The Co-operative Centenary Pageant 1944, or Co-operative Century, was created to commemorate the hundred-year anniversary of the inception of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers. It was writ...

  17. Sheffield Pageant of Production
    The Pageant Master, Lawrence du Garde Peach had been pageant master for the 1943 Sheffield Centenary Pageant and 1944 Sheffield Co-operative Centenary Pageant, both held at the City Hall, and had b...

  18. The Sherborne Pageant
    The Sherborne Pageant of 1905 truly was ‘the mother of all pageants’, its style, organization and themes consequently and consistently replicated when ‘pageant fever’ swept the nation. It was the b...

  19. 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...

  20. Smoke!: An Historical Pageant
    Andy Croft, the novelist, poet and Communist Party historian, wrote in the preface to Smoke!: ‘All histories have a pattern. The present is continuously born out of the past. Each new future often ...