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The Pageant of Margam Abbey
Margam (now a suburb of Port Talbot) has a long history. Among other things, the place was the site of an important Cistercian settlement (Margam Abbey), the story of which was re-enacted in this p...
The Second Northumbrian Pageant
This was a follow-up event to the first Northumbrian pageant in 1923, a full entry for which can be found here. Like its predecessor, this pageant was held in the Theatre Royal under the auspices o...
Happy Birthday New Castle!
The city of Newcastle upon Tyne marked its nine hundredth anniversary in 1980. During the course of this year, a wide range of celebratory events, activities and attractions were organised. These w...
Pageant of the Border
Rural Northumberland is a landscape rich in associations with the past. Castles such as those at Alnwick and Ford bear testimony to centuries of Anglo-Scottish conflict. The pageant held here, at W...
2000 Years of History: A Pageant of Chester-le-Street
Chester-le-Street celebrated its two thousandth anniversary in 1967. As in many other cases, an historical pageant was felt to be an appropriate addition to the festivities and one duly took place ...
The Spirit of Victory
As had been the case during the Great War, relatively few large-scale historical pageants were staged during the Second World War. There were exceptions, of course, including Basil Dean's St Paul's...
Loyal Newcastle presented 'pages from the story of a great city' in the form of an historical pageant held at the City Hall. An expression of civic pride of place, the event was also a demonstratio...
Pageant of Pembroke
It was originally intended that the Pembroke Pageant would take place in 1957, to coincide with the five hundredth anniversary of the birth of Henry Tudor—King Henry VII—at Pembroke Castle. In the ...
Welshpool in the Beginning
This is an example of an interwar Welsh pageant. A copy of the book of words (not yet consulted) is held by the Powysland Museum.
This was almost certainly a small pageant held in association with Festival of Britain celebrations. It was produced by Mrs E. Simpson Woolley, who had been involved in organising a previous pagean...
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...