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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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...

  4. 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’, ...

  5. 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...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. Berkhamsted Pageant Play, 1922
    Berkhamsted pageant play was performed four times from Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 July 1922.3 The week was beset with poor weather, with rain interrupting every performance except one.4 A souvenir b...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Bilston Historical Pageant
    Bilston is a town in the heart of the Black Country whose industries were historically focused on coalmining, stone quarrying, iron and steel production, buckle and lock making, and manufacturing i...

  14. Pageant of Birmingham
    The Birmingham 1938 Civic Pageant was one of the largest pageants ever held in Britain, designed to eclipse civic and national rivals at Runnymede in 1934 (also directed by Gwen Lally) and Manchest...

  15. The Spirit of Youth
    Held in March 1939 at the Central Hall, Birmingham, this pageant was organised by the Birmingham Union of Girls’ Clubs and the Birmingham and District Federation of Boys’ Clubs. It is an example of...

  16. Pageant of the Palace of Bishop’s Waltham
    Very little is known about this pageant, but it is interesting as an example of a local pageant staged in conjunction with a political organisation: the Junior Imperial League. Founded in 1906, thi...

  17. The History of Boldre
    The Women’s Institute (WI) was extremely active in the interwar pageant movement. Although responsible for some very large-scale pageants, such as that held in Warwick in 1930, the WI also staged a...

  18. Border Historical Pageant and Countrie Fayre
    The Border Pageant was a relatively small and locally focused event, unabashedly held to raise money for the Girl Guide movement at a regional level and in order to improve the local contribution t...

  19. Pageant of Boston
    Boston had a tradition of holding pageants, in 1926, 1932 and 1934. However, when the town celebrated its 400th anniversary in May 1945, little was done to celebrate the event, with the Mayor rathe...

  20. Historical Pageant of Bradford
    Tom Hulme has written about inter-war civic boosterism through pageantry, whereby cities competed to raise their profile and, often combined with industrial and trade exhibitions, sought to boost t...