The Pageants of St Albans: An Illustrated History
by Mark Freeman
A wave of ‘pageant fever’ swept across Britain during the twentieth century. In towns and cities throughout the country, hundreds or even thousands of people came together to perform scenes from their community’s past – and thousands more watched them. St Albans was one place with a particularly rich pageant tradition, staging major civic pageants in 1907, 1948 and 1953, and with smaller events at other times. Designed to stimulate local interest in the past, and to show off the city to visitors, the pageants themselves became key events in the history of St Albans, as they did elsewhere. This book tells the story of these pageants, and of the people in St Albans and beyond who made them happen. The book is one of many publications from a major research project, The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain 1905-2016, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Click on the book to order from amazon.co.uk
Paperback; 296pp; price £16.
Published in February 2020.