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  1. Sword of Honour
    At the start of Evelyn Waugh’s novel Unconditional Surrender (1961), there is a scene where Guy Crouchback, the disillusioned catholic and soldier who had narrowly escaped capture during the occupa...

  2. Bristol Civic Pageant
    This pageant was first mooted in February 1946 as part of the town’s celebrations of the first anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day in July. It was also a key part of Bristol’s first post-war...

  3. Bruce Sex-Centenary Pageant: Masque of Edinburgh
    When plans were discussed by Edinburgh's city council for celebration of the six-hundredth anniversary of the granting of Edinburgh's royal charter, there was every intention to make sure that a la...

  4. The Pageant of Centuries
    Buckden Palace was formerly the seat of the Bishops of Lincoln, first constructed sometime in the twelfth century and continually extended, rebuilt and repaired (due to recurring fires) over the ce...

  5. A Dream of Old Bulwell
    ‘A Dream of Old Bulwell’ was a small indoor pageant-play that took place in 1929 at the Bulwell Olympia, a struggling local theatre.2 It was masterminded by the Rev. Stanley M. Wheeler, who acted a...

  6. Pageant of Burley
    This is an example of a small-scale village pageant of the interwar period. Interestingly, the proceeds of the pageant were to go to fund missionary activities overseas. The focus of the pageant wa...

  7. The Bury St Edmunds Pageant
    The Bury St Edmunds Pageant of 1907 was a major event, successful both in financial outcome and the vagaries of public opinion. Staged in July, it was an archetypal expression of Edwardian pageantr...

  8. 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...

  9. The Pageant of Buxton in Light and Sound
    The Pageant of Buxton in Light and Sound took place over a month-and-a-half period in the spring of 1958. It was directed by Christopher Ede, the most famous (and active) of the post-war pageant ma...

  10. Pageant of the Mayflower and the Pilgrim Fathers
    There were a series of events in 1920 held to commemorate the tercentenary of the Mayflower voyage, which nonconformist churches and organisations, such as the Sunday School Union, were particular...

  11. Coventry Festival of Britain Godiva Pageant
    In 1951 Coventry, perhaps more than anywhere else, had reason to wish for something better and to focus on its past rather than its ruined present. The heavy concentration of key war industries in ...

  12. Coventry Cathedral Pageant
    Many cities in Britain were heavily bombed during the Second World War; however, along with London, Coventry has come to symbolise the civilian costs of war in a similar way to Dresden, Stalingrad ...

  13. Cranford Pageant
    When we think of pageants as early twentieth-century affairs, it is a little incongruous to read the following in a pageant programme: ‘Please switch off mobile phones and pagers and kindly refrain...

  14. 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’, ...

  15. Dartford Division of Kent Historical Pageant
    The Dartford Historical Pageant was one of the final civic extravaganzas produced by the famous pageant master Frank Lascelles. In his typical fashion,1 the pageant was a large and spectacular affa...

  16. Derbyshire Coronation Pageant
    Excerpts from Shakespeare’s history plays were a very common feature of historical pageantry, one example being the Southampton Quincentenary Pageant of 1947, which began with the trial scene from ...

  17. Dornoch Historical Pageant: Tercentenary Celebrations
    Given that Dornoch is one of Scotland's smallest burgh towns, and situated in the Highlands, this pageant made quite a big splash, at least for a while. The reason for this was the involvement of n...

  18. The Dorset Pageant
    The Dorset Pageant of 1929 was a relatively small event, with only two performances, taking place on a single day. It was produced and written by Ethel Ashburnham, who was also responsible for the ...

  19. The Dover Pageant
    Dover’s staging of a historical folk-play in 1908 was a nationally important and spectacular example of an Edwardian town gripped by ‘pageantitis’. Directed by the original master himself, Louis Na...

  20. Historical Pageant at Drum Castle
    Drum Castle was described as being 'the Glydebourne of the North' when a pageant was staged there in August 1951.52 With only two performances—a matinee and a repeat showing in the evening—the page...