Deborah S. Ryanc
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Staging the imperial city
The Pageant of London, 1911
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This chapter considers the ways in which the urban ceremony and display of the Pageant of London depicted the capital as an imperial city, paying particular regard to the uses of landscape and space in the pageant performance. The twentieth-century historical pageant was by no means a new phenomenon. In fact, the Pageant of London was the latest in a series of spectacular civic historical pageants, staged outdoors, which told the history of geographical places. The Pageant of London was part of a wider series of events and exhibitionary practices which focused on empire and drew on the same kinds of spectacular language and conventions. The diary of Miss M. P. Noel, honorary secretary of the Kensington committee, throws some light on the experience of the pageanteers and their reasons for volunteering.

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Imperial cities

Landscape, display and identity


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