Gwen Lally and the Birmingham Pageant

While working at Birmingham Archives, I carried out some research on the Birmingham Pageant, which took place in 1938 at Aston Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the city’s Borough Charter. Eight episodes told the story of Birmingham from its prehistoric origins to its position as the ‘hub of industrial England’ and its final status as a city in its own right. It was produced by Gwen Lally (1882-1963), the first female pageant master, and thousands of residents from across the city took part.

You can find out more about the pageant here.