The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016

Lead Research Organisation: King's College London
Department Name: History

Abstract

Twentieth-century Britain was subject to regular bouts of 'pageant fever'. Communities of all sizes and character across England, Scotland and Wales staged theatrical re-enactments of events from local and national history with thousands of men, women and children involved as performers, organizers and spectators. This was national costume drama on a grand scale. Over the course of the twentieth century many hundreds of events were mounted by communities and institutions, ranging from small churches and village communities to large cities such as Liverpool and Manchester. In addition, institutions as diverse as the Army, the Church of England the Women's Co-operative Guild also staged historical pageants. The fever was especially intense at certain times, notably the Edwardian era, the 1930s and 1950s (encouraged by the Festival of Britain and the 1953 Coronation), but the tradition never fully died out and there were revivals in the 1970s and during the millennium celebrations. A distinctive feature of historical pageantry has been the involvement not only of communities but also of prominent individuals, such as G.K. Chesterton and G.M. Trevelyan.

Drawing on oral and written evidence, this project is a landmark intervention. It will provide an authoritative treatment of a subject that has largely escaped academic scrutiny despite the rich insights that these apparently ephemeral events can give into popular understandings of the past. The project also offers key insights into the role of 'heritage' in leisure activities, the interaction between local, national and imperial identities, and the character of community life. Differences and similarities between the regions and nations of Britain, and continuities and changes over time, are central to the project and will be explored in depth. The comprehensive coverage of local events - based on geographically dispersed sources - will support, stimulate and publicize the activities of local historians and historical associations, and provide a useful resource for all those interested in the history of communities and institutions, including schools. It will recover the stories that communities and institutions told about themselves. It will result in a comprehensive database of historical pageants, a monograph envisaged as the key book on the subject, and an edited volume of essays situating the British movement in its international context. Every historical pageant for which any significant record exists comes under the scope of the study and the interactive publicly-accessible resource at its centre.

The website will include general commentary on the pageant movement, representative images of pageant-related ephemera, and oral testimonies from witnesses to historical pageants. It will allow interaction between the public and the project, enabling individual users and local history societies - some of whom will be actively involved in the project - to contribute their own memories and memorabilia. It will feature interactive maps, allowing users to locate pageant venues and to track the incidence of performances and themes over time. The website will be an important tool for historians, as well as scholars of literature and drama, historical geography and cultural studies. Through the database, these users will be able to access and process a vast body of information relating to the content, organization and experience of historical pageants, allowing the exploration of, for example, the evolving depiction of specific historical events and themes, the authorship of pageant scripts, and constructions of popular memory. The database will also encourage wider use of pageant-related archival holdings by academic and other users. The project will thus enhance academic and non-academic understandings of an important twentieth-century phenomenon, drawing together a remarkably rich collection of visual, oral and textual resources, much of which is on the verge of being lost.

Planned Impact

Who benefits?
The project will significantly impact on public engagement with history. The database and website will be of value to diverse groups, including:
- Archives/museums
- Local historians/local history societies; others interested in local history including schools
- Institutions investigating their own history, e.g. churches/organizations which staged pageants; custodians of pageant sites (e.g. National Trust)
- Family historians
- Those promoting local historical awareness, e.g. Victoria County History, British History Online, www.historypin.com
- Local history organizations, including named Project Partners: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle; St Albans Museums; Uttlesford Recorders; St Edmundsbury Heritage Service
How?
The project will stimulate and support public engagement with 20th-century British history. The first version of the website will be available early in year 1, along with a project blog and 'pageant of the month' feature, with a mechanism to support public submission of material (see Technical Appendix). Anticipated benefits include:
- Recognition by user groups of the value of pageants for understanding the history of British villages, towns and cities. In pageants large numbers of participants and spectators of all ages and backgrounds sought to capture and interpret the history of their communities. Not only were pageants important socio-historical moments, but they also constitute a valuable type of folk history. By identifying, recovering and making accessible historical evidence of pageants, the project supports and publicizes the work of local historians, as well as stimulating local communities' and institutions' interest in their own histories.
- Project Partners will benefit from assistance in recovering and recording evidence of pageants in their districts, and from participation in project events. The good practice in retrieving evidence of pageants that this generates will be disseminated in the wider local history constituency.
- Increased public knowledge/understanding of the history of institutions which staged pageants commemorating their history, including the labour movement, women's organizations and religious groups. For example, the Anglican Church mounted a major pageant in 1909, and many parish churches staged multiple performances across the period. The networks established by the AHRC-funded Building on History project will help the pageant project make this history accessible to contemporary Anglican clergy and churchgoers.
- Greater knowledge/understanding of resources in museums/archives, including those run by local authorities, leading to more footfall among all types of user.
- Impact on repositories' acquisition policies, as the significance of pageant material is highlighted.
- The website will be promoted as a resource for schools: its content (images, texts, finding guides and downloadable schools guidance pack) will support teaching at various levels from advanced primary to A-Level/Higher.
- The project's record of individuals' participation in pageants will facilitate the work of family historians and genealogists, a key constituency for all historical e-resources.
- The project's recovery of documentation of pageants staged at sites now maintained by heritage bodies (e.g. Wolvesley Castle, Craigmillar Castle) will not only assist in the interpretation of such sites for visitors, but could facilitate the reenactment of the spectacles these pageants generated as a visitor attraction.
- The project will inform and contextualize forthcoming pageant performances (e.g. in Bury St Edmunds in 2014); it may also encourage the organization of future pageants, and will contribute to ongoing public debates about local/national identities.
- The skills developed by the RAs (e.g. interpreting sources, interviewing, event planning) will not only enhance their potential contributions to academia, but also to other areas, e.g the heritage sector.

Publications

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Title Bury St Edmunds Pageant exhibition 
Description Free exhibition on pageants at Moyses Hall, Bury St Edmunds, devised, researched and written by project team in collaboration with project partners (see project partners section). Project team also edited a loop of pageant films, which was also shown at the exhibition. Associated events, including three talks/film screenings, were also held at Moyse's Hall. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Exhibition generated publicity for and interest in associated Film evenings and pageant reunion event. Location of exhibition meant that all visitors to Museum would have seen the exhibition over the course of its running between 4 May and 25 August 2015. Estimated number: several thousand. Considerable local press coverage (e.g. East Anglian Daily Times: http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/bury_st_edmunds_pageants_are_the_focus_of_a_new_moyse_s_hall_exhibition_1_4065204 Involvement of Magna Carta 800 group: http://magnacarta800.org.uk/events.html Exhibition material can be re-used in other contexts, and already has been 
URL https://storify.com/Pageantry_AHRC/pageants-and-the-people-bury-st-edmunds-and-magna
 
Title Carlisle Exhibition 
Description Exhibition on historical pageants, the content of which was largely written and researched by project team. Run in collaboration with Project Partner, Tullie House (see project partner section). The exhibition was free, and was visited by about 6000 people over the course of its running (22 Aug. - 18 Oct. 2015). A formal launch, involving the Mayor and other civic notables was also held, at which project members gave presentations. An associated series of talks was also given by project team members. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Feedback from visitors suggests that exhibition contributed to an increase in interest in community history, and the role of pageants in that history. A high and deep level of public engagement was reported, judging from written exhibition feedback. Some materials related to the exhibition has been mounted on the project website, thus allowing further public engagement. The Carlisle exhibition generated significant press and media coverage (e.g. BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-33008366) 
URL http://www.tulliehouse.co.uk/carlisle-historical-pageants
 
Title King's AHRI Exhibition 
Description One-day free exhibition at King's College London, on pageants. Held as part of King's Arts & Humanities Festival. Involved display of pageant ephemera, organized in conjunction with Ellie Reid of Oxford History Centre, showing of pageant films, and display of exhibition materials created by project team for Bury St Edmunds pageant exhibition. Visitors were also able to use trial version of project database. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Visitors reported in feedback an increase in knowledge/understanding about community history and pageants. Involvement of Ellie Reid from Oxford History Centre deepened project collaboration with her, and led to invitation to her to participate in project conference in September. Feedback also received on beta version of project database 
URL http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/eventrecords/2015-2016/festival/mon19/pageants1.aspx
 
Title Scarborough exhibitions 
Description We researched and wrote material for an exhibition on Historical Pageants, held at Scarborough Art Gallery, September - October 2016. We have made several visits to Scarborough to plan the exhibition and our contribution to it. The exhibition was very successful and moved to Scarborough Library, where it ran between 17 October and 22 November. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Significance increase in interest in and engagement with the past of the local community, as evidenced by the approach from Scarborough Library (where the exhibition transferred after its successful run in the Art Gallery). 
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/events/exhibition-scarborough-historical-pageant/
 
Description Dressing up and re-enacting the past through dramatic performance was a popular activity across much of twentieth-century Britain. Historical pageants were put on in villages, towns and cities up and down the country; hundreds of thousands of people were involved as volunteer actors, organizers, dressmakers, fund-raisers, and much else besides; millions more enjoyed these often large-scale events as spectators. Involving casts of hundreds, even thousands, pageants told the stories of local communities through chronologically-ordered scenes or episodes featuring notable events from local history. Historical pageants had a significant cultural impact. But, despite being one of the most significant means by which twentieth-century Britons engaged with their local and national pasts, they have not received anything like the attention they deserved. The Redress of the Past project has provided a powerful corrective to this neglect. In doing so, it has offered key insights into the interaction between local, national and imperial identities, and the changing character of community life, and differences and similarities between the regions and nations of Britain.

Significant achievements include:
1. Database
The award has resulted in the creation of a major digital output: the Redress of the Past database of historical pageants. This is freely available via the project website, here: http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/. The database contains entries of over 650 pageants. These entries list a wealth of information about individual historical pageants. Insofar as records allow we have recorded details of the times and places of performances, those involved in organising and staging them, and how many people attended. For each pageant, we have also recorded, again as fully as possible, whether the pageant made or lost money, details of the music that was played and who composed it, and synopses of the individual episodes. In addition, for each pageant record we provide lists of the names of notable historical figures that featured in the action. Last, and perhaps most important, we have written summaries explaining each pageant and placing it in its wider historical context. These range from short paragraphs to essays of upwards of 5,000 words for larger and more significant pageants. They are fully footnoted and engage critically with relevant secondary literature. In sum, we estimate that the database contains around 2 million words. Covering all of the larger pageants performed in twentieth-century Britain as well as a broadly representative sample of smaller pageants the database is a major contribution to knowledge and understanding.

2. More specific findings (by no means an exhaustive list):

- The sheer scale and variety of the historical pageant movement has been revealed for the first time. We have demonstrated that pageantry was one of the main means by which people engaged with the past in twentieth-century Britain. A whole new field of scholarly inquiry has been opened.

- Much light has been shed on the importance of the past-including the distant past-to the civic identities of large towns and cities. Pageants were, for example, a key vector of 'civic boosterism' for industrial towns as well as sleepy villages and rural market towns, particularly in the interwar period. This has gone almost entirely unnoticed, and is the subject of a project article published in the journal, "Urban History" (2016).

- The project has shed much light on small towns and villages also. Notably, our work has challenged the view that local civic cultures were in decline from the Edwardian period on, revealing the continuing vitality of these cultures until at least the 1950s. Some of our preliminary findings on this theme are summarised in a recently-published co-authored essay.

- We now have a much better sense of what aspects of the past mattered most, and where and when it mattered most, than ever before. The persisting importance of the medieval past to local and national identities has been an important finding, and is the subject of a major article, co-authored by the whole project team, which has been published by the journal, the "English Historical Review".

- The impact of war. Pageants were an important means by which men and women-and local communities-came to terms with the impact of war; they provided a notably effective means of integrating it into long-established historical narratives. Despite the shattering experience of 1914-18, these narratives provided resilient and adaptable: historical pageants offered important redress to a shell-shocked modernity. Some of our findings on this theme are discussed in a major article in the journal, "Historical Research".

- Historical Pageants and Education. Pageants were important channels of popular education as well as entertainment and, although they are sometimes seen as backward-looking and conservative spectacles, we have found that pageants could be an effective means of enlisting the past in the service of the present and future. Our findings on this theme have been published in a major article in the journal "History of Education".

- The changing role played by women in historical pageantry, and by extension local associational and community life, has been brought into much sharper focus. It was known that women were involved in suffrage and League of Nations pageants. What was not appreciated, until this project, was the extent of their involvement in other pageants. Further, the project has revealed the changing perception of women's role in popular understandings of the history of particular places and institutions. A number of the essays in our forthcoming gold open access collection of essays with UCL Press (publication date July 2020) treat of the role of women in particular.

- The project has revealed much about the changing relationship between local and national identities, and also the links between these identities and the past. British local (and regional) identities are still relatively understudied, often seen as being opposed to national identity, and nationalising trends. There remains an assumption that as national identities strengthened from the later nineteenth century on, local identities lost popular purchase. Our project has revealed that local and national identities (as celebrated in pageants) were mutually supportive, not antagonistic, at least until the 1960s. The intense pride of locality celebrated in pageants fed into wider national loyalties, and this was true in Wales and Scotland as well as England.

In addition to publicising these findings through the project database, website, publications and our three exhibitions (http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/events/), in a little over three years we have delivered more than forty seminar papers, lectures, and other presentations, to non-academic as well as academic audiences: http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/about/papers-presented/. As set out in the grant application, a monograph - to be completed after the end of the project - is being prepared, as is an edited collection of essays based on the major international conference we held in September 2016. Work on both of these post-project outputs is well underway, with the collection of essays due out with UCL Press (Gold Open Access) in 2020.
Exploitation Route - The project resulted in three exhibitions relating to historical pageantry (one of which was repeated). This was more than we anticipated, and suggests that the research can be further exploited in this way. Indeed, St Albans Museums are planning a pageants exhibition with input from project team members. These exhibitions proved good contexts for public engagement of various kinds, including film evenings and memory days (as in Bury St Edmunds). The research could therefore be used to good effect by local museums and galleries.
- We also achieved considerable success in engaging local historical societies (e.g. Sherborne Society, Somerset and Dorset Family History Society, Scarborough Archaeological and historical society). We will be reaching out to more local societies to publicize the website and its findings. Judging by the size of some of the audiences at the events we put on, there is considerable further potential here.
- The oral testimonies gathered by the project team (some of which are available on the website) are a valuable resource in themselves, and very helpfully supported our exhibition work (at Carlisle and Bury St Edmunds in particular). But our approach could be adopted by others.
- The database itself is well adapted for use by non-academic communities, schools, and university education. One university (not part of the project) even sent us some undergraduate interns to work on the project. They gained valuable experience of what a major, publicly funded research project looked like, and engaged actively and creatively with our work. We know from experience at King's, UCL and Exeter that the database and website is an excellent teaching resource, and indeed team members (and non team members) have integrated it into their teaching. There is untapped potential for engagement with schools.
- There is some scope for the research findings being taken forward by practitioners. The project has attracted the interest of artists, and one could imagine it providing the basis for community art projects of various kinds.
- We successfully applied for AHRC follow-on funding for 'Impact and Public Engagement'. This follow-on project (AH/S011382/1) began on 1 September 2020. The funding supports a programme of events, exhibitions and other activities related to our research into historical pageants.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/
 
Description Our research findings have been used in - Public Exhibitions held at Bury St Edmunds (Moyses Hall), Carlisle (Tullie House), Scarborough (Scarborough Museums Trust; Scarborough Art Gallery), and London (King's College London, with participation/co-research from non-academic collaborator - Ellie Reid). The project team's research directly contributed to the format and content of the exhibitions (including written materials), which were genuinely collaborative products of co-research between academic and non-academic partners. More recently, the research has fed into two exhibitions in St Albans and London associated with the follow-on funding recently received for this project (AH/S011382/1). - Workshops and public events in relation to project partners (St Albans, Bury St Edmunds, Carlisle, Scarborough, Sherborne), including for example a Pageants Study Day aimed at the general public in St Albans, organized in conjunction with St Albans Museums and involving a range of academic and non-academic speakers: http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/press-room/items/2015/may/Stimulate-the-mind---find-out-about-historical-pageants.aspx - Activities of Local Historical Societies (Somerset and Dorset Family History Society; Sherborne Society; Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society). The Somerset and Dorset Family History Society has, for example, begun a genealogical project based on the participants in the 1905 Sherborne pageant, which draws to a significant extent on our project and its findings. Local History Societies and heritage organisations continue to invite members of the project team to give talks, and participate in pageant-related activities. A re-enactment of elements of a pageant with commentary informed by project research took place at Saffron Walden in January 2019. - Activities of other bodies: Windrose Rural Media Trust. The Trust has drawn on our project to inform its film preservation activites, including work that led to an HLF grant (letter of support supplied by project team). This collaboration derived directly from our public engagement work with pageant films in Bury St Edmunds, Sherborne and elsewhere. https://histpag.dighum.kcl.ac.uk/film/. The Charles Kingsley Society has drawn on the work of the project to inform its planned festival to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Kingsley, which has also received HLF funding (letter of support supplied by project team). - The work of the project, particularly in relation to public engagement, has featured in local media (e.g. local newspapers, BBC Cumbria, BBC Suffolk, BBC West Midlands), including local community forums, e.g. http://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/article/warwick-pageant-1906-legacy - The work of the project has been covered by non-academic magazines, e.g. https://www.apollo-magazine.com/national-costume-drama-grand-scale-pageants/ - The work of the project has led to the identification of a large private archive of material related to historical pageants, and specifically the work of the pageant-master David Clarke. Aware of the work of the "Redress of the Past", the holder of this archive approached members of the project team with a view to seeking advice on its preservation. Members of the project team assessed the public/historical value of the material, and worked with Surrey History Centre, Cumbria Record Office, York Record Office, King's College London Special Collections and others to ensure that it was preserved for posterity. Significant deposits of material have been made at King's (the David Clarke Collection), Surrey History Centre (David Clarke Records of Surrey Productions, REF 8147), as well as Cumbria and York Record Offices.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description King's College London Public Engagement Fund 2014
Amount £665 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2014 
End 12/2014
 
Description The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain
Amount £76,397 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/S011382/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2019 
End 07/2020
 
Title Pageants database 
Description The project has developed a major database of historical pageants. It is free to use from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. This database, which is fully searchable, contains detailed information about hundreds of historical pageants. Each pageant has its own entry, which includes factual material (e.g. names of organizers, dates and times of performances, financial profit/loss, content of episodes), but also a readable essay setting the event in its local and national context. At the time of writing, there are 501 entries on the website (this is about 1.5 million - 2 million words of text). More entries will be added in coming months. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Increased interest in historical pageants, from the general public, local historical associations and others. 
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/
 
Description Bury St Edmunds Council 
Organisation St Edmundsbury Borough Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The research team developed a free public exhibition on Historical Pageants, which was held at Moyse's Hall between May and August 2015. The project team researched and wrote the text of the exhibition, and participated in associated events
Collaborator Contribution The Partner is providing the venue of the exhibition and associated events (e.g. pageant film evenings), as well as input on its content. The partner will also facilitate and be involved in the events associated with the exhibition.
Impact Exhibition Film evenings Public Talks Online exhibition and other material mounted on project website
Start Year 2013
 
Description Bury St Edmunds Magna Carta 
Organisation Magna Carta 800th
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The project team researched and wrote the text for an exhibition on Bury St Edmunds Pageants and Magna Carta, which was held in Moyse's Hall, Bury St Edmunds, May-August 2015. We also helped with the selection of physical items for the exhibition, and edited pageant film clips that were also shown at the exhibition on a continuous loop. In addition, project team members participated in a number of events held to coincide with the exhibition, including a workshop/memory day involving former pageanteers, and three film evenings. The project team wrote the script for the film evenings, and edited the film material.
Collaborator Contribution The Project Manager on the Bury St Edmunds Magna Carta 800 team worked with us in planning the exhibition, giving input on its content. He was also involved in events associated with the project, and has brokered the relationship with Moyse's Hall, which has led to the agreement to the exhibition. The Project Manager was present at the Film evenings and other events associated with the exhibition, giving input in these contexts also.
Impact Exhibition Film evenings Public talks Online exhibition and other material, mounted on project website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Pageant Film Collaboration 
Organisation Windrose Rural Media Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution After our successful film-evenings in Bury St Edmunds, we realised just how much members of the public love to see films of pageantry - with an accompanying analysis from historians to explain what was going on. Following a presentation to a public audience at Sherborne, in Dorset, we were contacted by Windrose Rural Media Trust, and with them identified two rare films of pageants. We have hosted these videos (of Dorsetshire pageants) on the project website. The films were originally in analogue format, but have been digitized by the Trust, thus preserving them.
Collaborator Contribution The Trust digitized the films.
Impact Two digitized films, mounted on the project website and free to view.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Scarborough Historical Society 
Organisation Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Working with Partner on Historical Pageants, and on exhibition on Scarborough Pageants, held by Scarborough Museums. We have also given a paper to a meeting of the Society, in April 2015
Collaborator Contribution Article on website; advice on pageants research; advice on exhibition
Impact Article on website Paper to Society Planned exhibition
Start Year 2014
 
Description Scarborough Pageant exhibition 
Organisation North Yorkshire County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We researched and wrote material for an exhibition on Historical Pageants, held at Scarborough Art Gallery, September - October 2016. We have made several visits to Scarborough to plan the exhibition and our contribution to it. The exhibition was very successful and nd moved to Scarborough Library, where it ran between 17 October and 22 November.
Collaborator Contribution The Museums Trust will provide the venue, curatorial assistance, exhibits and will also write most of the exhibition text (we are responsible for some of the exhibition)
Impact Exhibition
Start Year 2015
 
Description Scarborough Pageant exhibition 
Organisation Scarborough Museums Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We researched and wrote material for an exhibition on Historical Pageants, held at Scarborough Art Gallery, September - October 2016. We have made several visits to Scarborough to plan the exhibition and our contribution to it. The exhibition was very successful and nd moved to Scarborough Library, where it ran between 17 October and 22 November.
Collaborator Contribution The Museums Trust will provide the venue, curatorial assistance, exhibits and will also write most of the exhibition text (we are responsible for some of the exhibition)
Impact Exhibition
Start Year 2015
 
Description St Albans Pageants 
Organisation St Albans Museum Service
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The project team held at Pageants Study Day in collaboration with the Partner, in June 2015. The Project team co-ordinated the Study Day and planned out its content. Members of the project team gave talks at the event. The project team intends to collaborate with the Project Partner to stage an exhibition on St Albans pageants, probably in 2017 or 2018. Discussions on this are ongoing.
Collaborator Contribution The Project partner provided the venue and catering. St Albans Museum Staff contributed to the Study Day, giving talks. The project partner also made available archival material for public consultation during the course of the day. Should an exhibition be held, the project partner will provide the venue, the physical exhibits, and curatorial assistance.
Impact Study Day
Start Year 2013
 
Description Tullie House pageants collaboration 
Organisation Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We collaborated with Tullie House in their staging of an exhibition on The Carlisle Historical Pageants, which was held 22 August - 18 October 2015. The exhibition was free, and visited by more than 6,000 people. The project team undertook the research for the exhibition, and wrote the text of it, which took the form of illustrated panels, mounted on the wall. The team also advised the Tullie House curatorial staff on the physical exhibits, working closely with them. In addition, team members gave talks on pageants to public audiences, to coincide with the exhibition.
Collaborator Contribution The project partner contributed the venue for the exhibition, and worked with the project team to choose the physical exhibits. Tullie House staff also had input in the text of the exhibition, and designed the overall layout of the exhibition materials. Tullie House hosted the formal exhibition launch (attended by the Mayor and other local notables), and provided facilities for the exhibition-related talks delivered by members of the project team.
Impact An exhibition A number of papers/talks to public audiences in Carlisle Online material relating to the exhibition, mounted on project website
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRI Exhibition and Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Working with a collaborator from the Oxford History Centre (Ellie Reid) and members of the project team, we presented
1) A free, one day exhibition on pageants as part of the King's Arts And Humanities Festival, 2015
2) A panel presentation (3 talks + film screening) during the Festival
Audience feedback suggests reported change in views and opinions (increased knowledge and understanding of pageants). Event also provided opportunity for trial of beta version of database. Feedback on this received from participants and attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/eventrecords/2015-2016/festival/mon19/pageants2.aspx
 
Description American History Colloquia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact On 17 October 2018, Tom Hulme delivered a talk to the American History Colloquium at Queen's University Belfast. The talk was entitled "Citizenship, Modernity and the City: Historical Re-Enactment in Chicago and Manchester in the 1920s and 1930s", and it presented some project findings in international context. The audience included postgraduate students, and the talk generated some discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Article in Dorset Life Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article in the Magazine Dorset Life by a project team member, on pageants in Dorset
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.dorsetlife.co.uk/2015/03/the-mother-of-all-pageants/
 
Description BERA conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Performing the Scottish Past: Historical Pageants, Popular Education and National Identity in the Twentieth Century (British Educational Research Association, annual conference, University of Leeds, September 2016). This was an important presentation, by one of the Co-Is, at a major conference. The audience included leading scholars and also research students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.bera.ac.uk/beraconference-2016
 
Description Bacton & Cotton Local History Society Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was an invited talk, including a film screening, to the Bacton & Cotton Local History Society (based in Suffolk). Paul Readman and Tom Hulme gave a presentation about the project, and showed some film footage of Suffolk historical pageants. The audience was composed of members of the public. Feedback forms from the audience suggest that the event stimulated considerable interest in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://cotton.onesuffolk.net/assets/cws-data/Quarterly_Yearbook/2017/2017-spring-q.pdf
 
Description Belfast Public History Conference (Alex Hutton) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alex Hutton gave a talk drawing on his work on the pageants project to the Belfast Public History Conference, 7 December 2017. About 20 people attended, including people from third sector organisations (heritage etc) and the talk generated requests for further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/happ/Discover/Conferences-HAPP/PublicHistoryConference/
 
Description British Library posting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A piece on the project was written for the British Library's Social Science Blog. As of 3 November 2014, this post had been shared by 38 people and tweeted by 11

Increased interest in project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/socialscience/2014/04/the-redress-of-the-past.html
 
Description Bury St Edmunds Film Evenings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project team held three film evenings at Moyse's Hall, Bury St Edmunds. Two of these had capacity audiences of 50 people, and a third event (attended by 47) had to be put on to meet demand. The audience members supplied a great deal of feedback, attesting to how their views of local history, and pageants' role in that history, had changed. News of the events and their success have led to invitations from third sector organisations (local historical societies) to hold similar events in other locations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/blog/last-bury-st-edmunds-film-evening/
 
Description Bury St Edmunds Pageant Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In 1907, 1959 and 1970 the people of Bury St Edmunds staged three large historical pageants. Local people and visitors flocked to the abbey gardens to see the theatrical re-enactment of the town's past. Hundreds took part as performers, and many more worked behind the scenes. In 2015, as the world marked the eighth century of Magna Carta, our exhibition at Moyse's Hall told the story of these three pageants - two of which had much to say about the town's association with that historical document. The exhibition, "Pageants and the People", ran from 4 May to 28 August 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://storify.com/Pageantry_AHRC/pageants-and-the-people-bury-st-edmunds-and-magna
 
Description Bury St Edmunds Pageants Reunion event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Reunion event for members of public involved in Bury St Edmunds pageant, run by members of project team in collaboration with local historians, and held in Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds. Much discussion, and the event was audio recorded. Many participants agreed to participate in project as a consequence (involvement in reunion event led to a series of oral history interviews)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://historicalpageants.ac.uk/blog/moyses-hall-reunion/
 
Description Bury St Edmunds pageants Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Free exhibition on pageants at Moyses Hall, Bury St Edmunds, devised, researched and written by project team in collaboration with project partners (see project partners section). Exhibition generated publicity for and interest in associated Film evenings and pageant reunion event. Location of exhibition meant that all visitors to Museum would have seen the exhibition over the course of its running between 4 May and 25 August 2015. Estimated number: several thousand. Considerable local press coverage (e.g. East Anglian Daily Times: http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/bury_st_edmunds_pageants_are_the_focus_of_a_new_moyse_s_hall_exhibition_1_4065204
Involvement of Magna Carta 800 group:
http://magnacarta800.org.uk/events.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/bury/
 
Description Cambridge Public History talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Alex Hutton gave a talk to the Cambridge Public History Seminar on "The past and present of historical pageants" (with Anne-Isabelle Daulon). About 20 people attended, and the talk - which was in the form of a debate/discussion - generated requests for further information about the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/seminars/seminar-pdfs/2016-2017/public-and-popular-history
 
Description Cambridge Urban History Group Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Pageant and the Octopus: the Suburbanisation of Civic Identity in Britain (Urban History Group Conference, Cambridge, 2016). A talk by one of the project postdocs to an important conference in Cambridge. This provided a good means of communicating key findings to an influential group of scholars, and also to research students. It was also a good networking and career development opportunity for the postdoc concerned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ehs.org.uk/events/ehs-annual-conference-archive.html
 
Description Carlisle Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibition on historical pageants, largely written and researched by project team. Run in collaboration with Project Partner, Tullie House (see project partner section). The exhibition was free, and was visited by about 6000 people over the course of its running (22 Aug. - 18 Oct. 2015). A formal launch, involving the Mayor and other civic notables was also held, at which project members gave presentations. An associated series of talks was also given by project team members. Feedback from visitors suggests that exhibition contributed to increase in interest in community history, and the role of pageants in that history. A high and deep level of public engagement was reported, judging from written exhibition feedback. Some materials realted to the exhibition has been mounted on the project website.
The Carlisle exhibition generated significant press and media coverage (e.g. BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-33008366)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/carlisle/
 
Description Carlisle Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We collaborated with Tullie House in their staging of an exhibition on The Carlisle Historical Pageants, which was held 22 August - 18 October 2015. The exhibition was free, and visited by more than 6,000 people. The project team undertook the research for the exhibition, and wrote the text of it, which took the form of illustrated panels, mounted on the wall. The team also advised the Tullie House curatorial staff on the physical exhibits, working closely with them. In addition, team members gave talks on pageants to public audiences, to coincide with the exhibition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.tulliehouse.co.uk/carlisle-historical-pageants
 
Description Carlisle Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A project team member gave a talk about Historical Pageants, at Tullie House, Carlisle, which prompted much discussion and questions. It also fed into developing plans for an exhibition on pageants at Tullie House, to be held in August 2015

The talk was important in stimulating the interest of the project partner (Tullie House) in the direction of collaborating on an exhibition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/papers-presented/
 
Description Carlisle Talk no. 2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Two talks by project members about pageants to audiences in Carlisle, hosted by Project Partner Tullie House Museum. Held in conjunction with Exhibition at Tullie House. Talks stimulated interest in local history and pageants, based on discussion at events, and feedback after
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Chelsea talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact About 15 members of the public attended a talk on the Chelsea historical pageant of 1908, delivered as part of the Chelsea Fringe festival 2014

Audience members expressed interest in historical pageants. Examples included

One member of the public heard about the talk through a leaflet at the Garden Museum. They said: "The Chelsea Historical Pageant was a new aspect for me of a subject I already knew something about', and found the event "very interesting". They added that they would come to another similar event.

Another said it was "a very informative discussion. The speaker clearly knew a lot" and said that they now learned "the meaning of the word pageant!' as well as "the historical relevance and importance of them." They also added that they would come to another similar event.

Another member of the public heard about the event on Radio London, and described it as "wonderful - very informative - well presented!"

Another heard about the event through the Garden History Writing Group, and said they found the event "Really very good, nice atmosphere. Very good speaker." Asked if they learned anything new, they replied "Very educational! I had no prior knowledge of British pageant history."

Comments from other members of the public included "Most interesting - kept my attention the whole time!"; "thoroughly informative and enjoyable"; and "very interesting".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.chelseafringe.com/event/the-chelsea-historical-pageant-in-the-old-ranelagh-gardens/
 
Description China conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Twentieth-Century Britain (International Committee of Historical Sciences 22nd Congress, Jinan, China, August 2015). This was a talk at a major international conference held in Jinan, China, by one of the project Co-Is. The talk enhanced the international visibility of the project and allowed us to present some preliminary findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cish.org/index.php/en/congresses-meetings/congress-2015-jinan/
 
Description Clandeboye Estate talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Tom Hulme gave a talk on 'First World War Commemoration in Britain' at the Clandeboye Reading Party (Clandeboye Estate, Northern Ireland, September 2017). The talk contained extensive discussion of historical pageants and the first world war, drawing on the work of the project. The audience was composed of members of the public, postgraduate students and academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description HIstory of Education conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Representations of war and social upheaval in British historical pageants, 1905-1960 (International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Institute of Education, London, 23rd July 2014). A talk to a major international conference. Audience included international scholars and postgraduate students. The paper presented formed the basis of a major forthcoming article associated with the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ische.org/ische-conference/past-conferences/ische-2014-london/
 
Description HIstory of Education seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "And those who live, how shall I tell their fame?" Historical Pageants and the First World War 1918-1939 (Institute of Historical Research, History of Education seminar, 4th December 2014). A talk to academics and postgraduate students. The paper presented fed into an important forthcoming publication (see publications section).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/about/papers-presented/
 
Description Helsinki conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Voyaging through history: the Mayflower and seaport culture in 1920s Britain, European Association of Urban History Biannual Conference (Helsinki, August 2016). This talk, by one of the project postdocs, showcased the relevance of project to urban and social history more generally (the case studies used in the papers were historical pageants in Southampton and Portsmouth). The audience was an international one, thus increasing the visibility of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://eauh2016.net/
 
Description History Scotland article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An article on the historical pageants project, with specific reference to our work on Scottish pageants. It was published as 'Performing the Past: Historical Pageants in Scotland', History Scotland, 16:5 (September/October 2016), 22-24.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description History in the Limelight conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Organised by the Redress of the Past team, this conference investigated the ways in which history has been performed in the modern world. It brought together participants from different countries and disciplines to consider how communities, institutions and groups have presented history in dramatic forms over time.

Acknowledging the growing body of scholarship on historical performance, often involving researchers from different disciplines, this conference was aimed at scholars and practitioners across the disciplinary spectrum, including history, theatre and film studies, sociology and anthropology, the visual and performing arts, music and literature, folklore, education and cultural studies broadly defined. It also involved contributions from the heritage and information sectors. The aim of the conference was to range across different national and transnational contexts in its exploration of historical pageants and other forms of historical performance.

Questions the conference addressed included the following:

How has history been presented in dramatic form to different audiences? What meanings are associated with participation in, and observation of, historical re-enactments and dramatic performances?

How has the nature and cultural significance of historical performances changed over time?

How important is 'authenticity' in historical performance?

What does the dramatic presentation of history tell us about personal, local and national identities, and about public interest in the past?

What is the relationship between historical performance and other forms of cultural engagement with the past?

What are the ethical implications of representing history in dramatic form?

What insights can be gained from comparative perspectives on historical performance?

What contributions did (and can) the performing arts make in the heritage sector, popular history, and history education?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/about/history-limelight-conference/
 
Description History of Education Annual Conference, Winchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote lecture on the Redress of the Past project, delivered by Mark Freeman and Linda Fleming and the History of Education Society 50th Annual Conference, Winchester, November 2017. The lecture generated considerable discussion and requests for further information. The journal "History of Education" invited the project team to revise the lecture as an article, which has been submitted to the journal for consideration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://historyofeducation.org.uk/events/annual-conference-2017/
 
Description History of of Education conference - Malvern 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Representing the National and Local Past: Kynren in Context (History of Education Society annual conference, Great Malvern, 18-20 November 2016). An important presentation at a major international conference by one of the project Co-Is, which fed directly into plans for a projected publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.historyofeducation.org.uk/page.php?id=31
 
Description IHR Metropolitan History seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Civic Identity and 'the Octopus': Historical Pageants on the Border of Interwar London (Metropolitan History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London, November 2015). A talk by a project postdoc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/about/papers-presented/
 
Description IHR summer school 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Pageants: the People's History? (Institute of Historical Research Summer School in Local History, 22 July 2015). This was a talk to the IHR's summer school in local history. The audience comprised professional practitioners (academics) as well as non-academics and postgraduate students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/blog/pageants-ihr-local-history-summer-school/
 
Description Interview for BBC Radio Suffolk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Paul Readman was interviewed for BBC Radio Suffolk (the Lesley Dolphin show) about the project, and about historical Pageants in Suffolk. The interview as also used to publicise the talk and film screening given by Readman and Tom Hulme to a local history society. Members of the public phoned into the show after the interview.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p050z8jx#play
 
Description Interview for BBC West Midlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Paul Readman on Alex Lester show on BBC West Midlands, on 14 September 2018. PR had been contacted to provide commentary on the 1938 Birmingham pageant, the BBC having found out about this pageant via the Redress of the Past Project website. The interview prompted a number of calls to the show and some discussion locally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Istanbul conference (ISCHE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The 'Strange Death' of Scottish History? Examining the Scottish Past Performed in Historical Pageantry (International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Istanbul University, Turkey, June 2015). This was a talk delivered at a major international conference. It reached an audience of scholars and postgraduate students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://2015.ische.org/
 
Description KIng's College London WW1 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact And those who live, how shall I tell their fame?": historical pageants and the First World War in Britain 1918-1960 (Aftermath: The Cultural Legacies of WW1, King's College London, 21 May 2015). This was a talk given by one of the project postdocs at a major international conference on the First World War, held at King's College London. This was an opportunity to present some preliminary findings to an interdisciplinary audience. The talk also raised the profile of the postdoc, assisting in his development of networks and career development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/eventrecords/2014-2015/WW1.aspx
 
Description Leicester history lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Bishops, Dinosaurs, and Robot Soldiers of Death: Performing 'History' in Twentieth-Century Britain (New History Lab, Leicester, 27th March 2014). A talk given by one of the PDRAs to an audience largely composed of postgraduate students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.newhistorylab.org/index.html
 
Description Leicester talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Voyaging through History: the Mayflower and Port City Culture in 1920s Britain (University of Leicester, Centre for Urban History seminar series, Leicester, February 2016). This was a talk delivered by one of the project postdocs. The case studies used in the talk were historical pageants in Plymouth and Southampton. The talk showed some of the potential of the project research for social and urban historians.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/urbanhistory/news/seminars
 
Description Leicester: Centre for English Local HIstory 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk about Historical Pageants project at Centre for English Local History, Leicester, in February 2020. Audience included academics and postgraduate students, but also independent (local) historians, archivists, and members of the general public. The talk generated interest in historical pageants, as evident immediately afterwards and in correspondence both with the PI directly and the project email address. Members of the public donated pageant-related ephemera (e.g. programmes from pageants) to the project team after the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://le.ac.uk/english-local-history/research/seminar-series/19-20
 
Description Lisbon conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Performing the Past: Identity, Civic Culture and Historical Pageants in Twentieth-Century Small Towns (European Association of Urban History Conference, Lisbon, 6th September, 2014). This was an important talk delivered by one of the project postdocs (Tom Hulme) to a major international conference of international scholars and research students. The paper presented fed into a forthcoming publication associated with the project. It also helped enhance the profile of the PDRA concerned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.eauh2014.fcsh.unl.pt/index.php?conference=conference&schedConf=eauh2014
 
Description Newcastle University INSIGHT lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 15 May 2018, Mark Freeman delivered a public lecture as part of Newcastle University's INSIGHT series of lectures. Entitled "Pageants and the Past: Kynren in Context" the lecture presented some of the project's findings in the context of early twenty-first century practices of historical pageantry. The lecture generated questions and discussion, and the project team subsequently fielded further inquiries and requests for information. About 250 people (mainly members of the public) attended the lecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ncl.ac.uk/events/public-lectures/archive/item/2018pageantsandthepastkynrenincontext.html
 
Description North American Conference on British Studies - panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The project team organized a conference panel on Historical Pageants in Twentieth-Century Britain and Ireland. The panel comprised talks by members of the project team as well as a talk by an American expert on Irish historical projects. The panel was put on as part of the North American Conference on British Studies, Little Rock, Arkansas, 13-15 Nov. 2015. The panel also included two talks by the project postdocs, as well as a talk and commentary by the PI:
- "The Scots Pageant!": the Arbroath Abbey Pageant and the state of unionism in post-war Scotland
- "A Nation of Town Criers": Civic Publicity and Historical Pageants in 1930s Britain
The panel provided an opportunity to present the project and some of its early findings to an international audience. It also provided a major opportunity for the postdocs to make contacts and further their career development. As a consequence of this event, one of the postdocs (Linda Fleming) has been invited to subject an article to a major journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.nacbs.org/blog/cfp-nacbsscbs-2015-little-rock-arkansas-13-15-november-2015/
 
Description Open University MA History Day School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Approximately 50 students attended a talk on historical pageants by one of the CIs. The talk sparked engagement with the project

Increased interest in historical pageants among OU MA History students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/papers-presented/
 
Description Open University MA History Day School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Twentieth-Century Britain (Open University MA History Day School, Birmingham, 10th May 2014). A talk about the project by one of the Co-Is, to MA students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/about/papers-presented/
 
Description Pageants Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Over the course of the project, the Redress of the Past team have maintained a Blog - as part of the project website - giving details of our research and engagement activities. This has proved an effective way of communicating our ideas to a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/blog/
 
Description Pageants Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Activity resulted in website about historical pageants, which has drawn comments from members of the public. Members of the public have also contributed articles (Pageants of the month) to the website. The website has attracted thousands of visitors. A fully-searchable database of historical pageants - the main output of the project - is now available on the website. This is a major resource for academics and the general public.

Members of the public and public organizations have contacted the project team having visited the website. For example, "Our Warwickshire" contacted the team having seen the website and commissioned an article about the Warwick Pageant of 1906: http://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/topics/culture/warwick-pageant-1906-legacy

Other examples include:
• Anna McNally, Assistant Archivist at the University of Westminster, contacted us to offer assistance with their co
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/
 
Description Pageants talk - North Carolina 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain 1905-2016 (lecture at Center for European Studies, FedEx Global Education Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 14 September 2016. An introduction to the project and some of its findings, delivered by the PI at UNC Chapel Hill. Audience was academic/PGR.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://global.unc.edu/event/paul-readman-the-redress-of-the-past-historical-pageants-in-britain-1905...
 
Description Project User-Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Approximately 15 people attended a user-group workshop on 8 May 2014. The workshop was held to get information about user-requirements for the pageants website and database. Participants came from a variety of backgrounds, and included: PhD students, academics, local historians, representatives of cultural institutions (e.g. British Library), delegates from local museums and archives.

The discussion and interviews were used to inform the website and database design and development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/blog/bringing-pageants-people/
 
Description Project twitter feed 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project team run an active twitter account on historical pageants. As of 3 November 2014, the account has 221 followers. As of 23 Feb. 2017 it has 470 followers.

Many people have contacted the pageants project team via twitter. The twitter feed has also sparked considerable engagement with members of the public, with many posts being retweeted. Examples:
• Liz Burt, @ideasonfood, replied to our pageant of the month on Sherborne and said: "Thank you! Brilliant images and history of #Sherborne"
• Ellen Phillips, @StFagansTextile, has tweeted us colour images of surviving costumes from the Harlech Pageant of 1922.
• Dr Fiona Skillen, @FionaSkillen, tweet
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017
URL https://twitter.com/Pageantry_AHRC
 
Description Public History Conference, Belfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk about the public history dimension of the project, given to the First Annual Conference of the Centre For Public History, Queen's University Belfast, Dec. 2017. The speakers were Paul Readman and Mark Freeman, and the focus was the public engagement activities associated with the Redress of the Past Project. The audience was made up of university academics, postgraduate students, and professional practitioners from the heritage sector. The paper generated considerable discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/happ/Discover/Conferences-HAPP/PublicHistoryConference/
 
Description Public Lecture (GHIL, London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a public lecture at the German Historical Institute, London. The audience was a mixture of academics, students and the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.ghil.ac.uk/events_and_conferences/seminars_and_lectures/2016/seminars.html
 
Description Public talk (Scarborough) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public talk about the project delivered in collaboration with the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society on 13 April 2015. The event was attended by about 30 people and led to increased interest in the project, helping to lay the groundwork for our successful public exhibition at Scarborough (2016)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Public talk (Sherborne) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public lecture given to the Sherborne Historical Society, about the Sherborne Pageant 1905 and the historical pageant movement move generally. Between 200 and 300 people attended. Attendees reported increased interest in historical pageants, a number contacted the project team after the event, and the talk helped support the work of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society, which is running a pageants-related genealogical project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk/upcoming-talks/historical-pageants-from-sherborne-1905-t...
 
Description Representing Popular Street Parades in the Museum symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In July 2018, Mark Freeman delivered a talk entitled "Pageants, Places and Publics: Reflections on 'The Redress of the Past'" to a symposium at the University of York. The talk generated questions and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Royal Historical Society presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Commemoration Through Dramatic Performance: Historical Pageants and the Age of Anniversaries, 1905-1920 (Royal Historical Society Symposium, University of East Anglia, 30th April 2014). This was an important presentation at a Royal Historical Society event, attended by senior international scholars and postgraduate research students. The presentation formed the basis of a forthcoming research essay.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.uea.ac.uk/history/news-and-events/the-age-of-anniversaries-the-cult-of-commemoration-190...
 
Description Scarborough Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A Talk by a project team member on historical pageants, hosted by the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society. This was held in conjunction with an information day about pageants. The talk and event helped publicise the project, and fed into our plans to host an exhibition on pageants in conjunction with the Scarborough Museums Trust.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Scarborough exhibitions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our exhibition about the Scarborough Historical Pageant of 1912 was held in the Scarborough Art Gallery from 12 September to 10 October 2016. It proved a great success there, and moved to Scarborough Library, where it ran between 17 October and 22 November.

The exhibition told the story of the one of the many large historical pageants in the Edwardian period. It included a wealth of information and photographs, as well as reproductions of pageant costumes and life-size figures from the historical pageant.

The exhibition was staged by the Redress of the Past project in association with our project partners the Scarborough Museums Trust (SMT) and the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society (SAHS).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/events/exhibition-scarborough-historical-pageant/
 
Description Scottish History seminar series (Edinburgh) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Scotland's Pageant: the Arbroath Abbey Pageants and Scottish National Identity (Scottish History Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh, March 2016). A talk showcasing some of our findings on Scottish pageants, delivered by one of the project postdocs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/about/papers-presented/
 
Description Sherborne event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Two project members gave presentations on pageants at a meeting of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society. Other presentations were given, at the same event, by local archivists and historians - also on pageants. There was a great deal of discussion afterwards, with significant interest being reported by participants.

The event led directly to a collaboration with the Windrose Rural Media Trust (now a project partner), with whom we now work in the field of pageant films (an officer from the Trust attended the event). The event also led to an invitation to speak on pageants at the Sherborne Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://sdfhs.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/the-sherborne-pageant-of-1905/
 
Description Social History Society Annual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 'Historical Pageants: Exploring Local, Regional and National Identities in the Performance of the Past': This was a talk to the annual conference of the Social History Society. The talk introduced the project to an audience of academics and postgraduate students. It has been made available to a wider audience via an Mp3, downloable here: http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/about/papers-presented/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/about/papers-presented/
 
Description Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle Upon Tyne: Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture by Alex Hutton on people's history in British historical pageants. The lecture presented some findings from the project to a public audience at Newcastle. The lecture generated considerable discussion and requests for further information. A recording of the lecture was posted online. This was a very successful engagement event, attended by more than 200 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ncl.ac.uk/events/public-lectures/archive/item/2017peopleshistoryinhistoricalpageantsinbri...
 
Description Sport and Leisure History seminar presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a talk about the project, to academics and graduate students, at the Sport & Leisure History seminar at the Institute of Historical Research. The talk was made available via a podcast (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za2xc587MBg) so it reached a relatively large number of people. Around 100 people have seen the podcast, in addition to the people in the audience at the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za2xc587MBg
 
Description St Albans Study Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Project team ran pageants study day in collaboration with project partner St Albans Museum. Event involved general public, local historians, other groups. A great deal of discussion and questions as part of the day, and much useful feedback from participants reporting increased interest in local/regional History and pageants generally
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/blog/st-albans-study-day/
 
Description Talk to Cumann Staire (Galway) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Talk on 'After the "Shock City": Historical Re-Enactment in British and American Cities (1920s-1930s)', by Dr Tom Hulme, which drew on research done by the Pageants project. The talk was given in Galway to An Cumann Staire, an undergraduate student history society. The talk generated discussion and led to increased interest in the project and its findings on the part of undergraduate students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UCL talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain 1905-2016, UCL Institute of Education, Department of Education, Practice and Society seminar series. This was a talk about the project to an audience of academics and students at UCL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/about/papers-presented/
 
Description University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education day school 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mark Freeman delivered a talk on the project and its findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description VCH Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk by project team member on pageants as part of VCH Summer School programme 2015. Audience a mix of academic and general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.history.ac.uk/research-training/courses/summer-school-local-history-2015
 
Description Visby (Sweden) conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "No Mere Fairy Tale": Historical Pageantry and the Folk Revival in Dorset, 1905-1939 (Why Folkloristics? Uppsala University, Visby, 10-12 June 2015). This was a talk delivered by one of the project postdocs at a conference on folklore studies, held in Sweden. It helped increase the visibility of the project and show its relevance to cognate subject areas. It was also a good career development opportunity for the postdoc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://eng.folkloristik.se/
 
Description Visby (Sweden) conference #2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Glasgow: Being British, Acting Scottish", Uppsala University (Why Folkloristics? Uppsala University, Visby, 10-12 June 2015). This was the second of two talks given by the two project postdocs at this international conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://eng.folkloristik.se/
 
Description Warwick article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Three articles on the Warwick Pageant of 1906 were published on the "Our Warwickshire" website, aimed at the local history community, heritage sector and general public.

None notable as yet
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/topics/culture/warwick-pageant-1906-preparations
 
Description Winchester Public Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Public lecture at Winchester University by PI. Email correspondence afterwards with members of the public interested in pageants, who had attended lecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.winchester.ac.uk/academicdepartments/history/newsandevents/Pages/NewsandEvents.aspx