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INSIGHTS Revisited: People’s history in historical pageants in Britain, 1905–2016 by Alexander Hutton

Alexander Hutton, Research Associate, King’s College London

Date/Time: Thursday 4 June 2020, 17:30 - 18:30

Introduction by Rosie Serdiville, Vice-President of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne

In 2017 Alexander Hutton came to Newcastle and gave the annual Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne Lecture as part of the INSIGHTS programme.

There were thousands of historical pageants in 20th-century Britain. The mid-1920s saw pageants become concerned with more recent episodes from the Industrial Revolution. During the 1930s and ’40s organisations held pageants depicting working-class history: blending entertainment and remembrance with political agitation and propaganda. Pageants have always provoked debate; a particular example being the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, which had a global impact.

More information about Alexander's work be found at:

Join us on Thursday 4 June to watch the lecture with fellow audience members and take part in the conversation online.