The redress of the past: historical pageants in twentieth-century England

Bartie, A., Fleming, L., Freeman, M., Hulme, T., Readman, P. and Tupman, C. (2016) The redress of the past: historical pageants in twentieth-century England. ISHD Scientific Journal, 37,

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Abstract

This article examines the phenomenon of historical pageants, which were important events in many English towns, cities and villages in the twentieth century. It describes the origins and development of historical pageantry, emphasising the grand scale and wide spread of these community dramas. We emphasise the importance of the sense of local pride and identity that was presented in historical pageants, and the success that they had in promoting local community consciousness. Some historians and theatre scholars have seen pageants as backward-looking, conservative events, but we argue that they were seen as opportunities to shape the future as well as to commemorate the past.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fleming, Dr Linda and Freeman, Dr Mark
Authors: Bartie, A., Fleming, L., Freeman, M., Hulme, T., Readman, P., and Tupman, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:ISHD Scientific Journal
Publisher:International Society for History Didactics
ISSN:1608-8751

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