Lecture: Pageants, Community and the Past - Reflections on a Historical Research Project

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Dr Mark Freeman

This lecture reflects on ‘The Redress of the Past’ (2013-20), a large research project that examined historical pageants in modern Britain. Working with the heritage sector and local history partners in St Albans, Carlisle, Bury St Edmunds, Scarborough and elsewhere, the project team staged exhibitions and events of various kinds, and promoted a series of successful collaborations. The activities, and the feedback from them, have revealed a widespread interest in the role that pageants played in sustaining community identities. They also provide intriguing insights into the ways in which community and local belonging are understood today.

Mark is a Reader in Education and Social History at University College London, and the author of St Albans: A History (2008) as well as various other books and articles.

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