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Pageants and the past: Kynren in context

Dr Mark Freeman, University College London

Date/Time: Tuesday 15 May 2018

Since 2016 a spectacular outdoor show has been performed on summer evenings at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland to crowds of thousands. Kynren tells the story of England and the North East: St Cuthbert, the Stockton and Darlington Railway and the Durham Miners’ Gala appear, alongside the Battle of Hastings, Shakespeare and Churchill. It can be seen as a revival of the tradition of historical pageantry that was a significant aspect of popular engagement with the past.