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  1. The Walthamstow Pageant 1930
    The Walthamstow Pageant of 1930 was staged to commemorate the granting of a Charter of Borough Incorporation the previous year. It took place indoors at the plush Palace Theatre, an impressive buil...

  2. The Walthamstow Pageant 1934
    The Walthamstow Pageant of 1934 was the borough’s second of the decade, after the same-titled event in 1930. In most ways it was the same as the first, barring a few changes to the script. It again...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Stanmore Centenary Pageant
    The expansion of London, memorably described in H.J. Dyos’ classic study The Victorian Suburb: The Growth of Camberwell (1961)2 was a lengthy, inexorable process, as shown by this pageant. From the...

  5. A Pageant of Streatham (1925)
    The Pageant of Streatham was a small indoor pageant, performed seven times in November 1925. It took place at Streatham Hall, a late Victorian building acquired by St Leonard’s Church earlier in 19...

  6. The Pageant of Streatham (1936)
    The Pageant of Streatham was a small event that took place indoors at Streatham Hall for three performances in February 1936. It was a slightly altered version of the Streatham Pageant that had tak...

  7. The Pageant of Streatham (1951)
    The Streatham Pageant of 1951 was the third and seemingly final outing for the event first staged in 1925 and then again in 1936. It was staged in the Streatham Baths Hall instead of Streatham Hall...

  8. A History of Nursing Pageant
    Nursing is an ancient and valued profession. And yet it has encountered a shocking degree of stigma and gendered stereotypes, which often presented it as a role of secondary importance to that of (...

  9. The Historical Pageant of Faith and Freedom
    Hugh Parry, a Welsh Congregationalist minister, wrote a number of historical pageants which told the story of the emergence and growth of forms of Nonconformist Protestantism in Britain. These incl...

  10. The Pageant of Empire
    The Pageant of Empire took place over the course of a wet six weeks in July and August 1924 in the huge newly-constructed concrete Wembley Stadium. It was just one attraction of the monumental Brit...

  11. 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...

  12. Wimbledon Park Pageant and Fair
    Pageants in the suburbs of London were popular during the 1920s and 1930s. If interwar London was to be defined by its suburbs, made famous as John Betjeman’s ‘Metroland’, pageants themselves were ...

  13. Rotherhithe Church Pageant
    The Rotherhithe Church Pageant, held at St. Mary’s, Rotherhithe, was a highly anticipated event, not only in the community—where ‘humble workers’ in the district made their own costumes under the s...

  14. St Paul’s Steps
    How much did spectators actually get out of pageants? Did people in the cheapest seats at the pageant, who most likely did not buy a programme or book of words, particularly those whose grip on his...

  15. The Rock
    Jed Esty has argued that the involvement of number of modernist writers, including T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster and Virginia Woolf, in writing (or writing about) historical pageants in the 1930s was a ...

  16. The Three Towns Pageants
    The Festival of Britain 1951 was the key cultural event of the period.3 Nationwide, a programme of events was skilfully planned with the aim of embracing modernist influences on British culture whi...

  17. Ilford Children’s Pageant
    Children’s pageants proved popular fixtures during the twentieth century, for instance in Stepney (1909), Kirkcaldy (1911), Windsor (1911), Berkhamsted (1922), and Leeds (1926). Many smaller-scale ...

  18. The Finsbury Story
    The Finsbury Story was a late and commendable instance of municipal pageantry, the type which had flourished in interwar Britain but had gone into decline in the immediate post-war decades. These p...

  19. Light Over England Historical Pageant
    The vast majority of pageants included scenes highlighting the importance of the Christian religion to a place or people, and also to the development of the English nation. Yet, for all that religi...

  20. The Pageant of Essex
    Following on from the Barking Pageant in 1931, the larger-in-scope Pageant of Essex was staged in summer 1932 to raise money for the newly opened King George Hospital in Ilford. Directed by Frank L...