┆In 1932 Leicester City Council mounted a pageant to illustrate the long and varied history of the City. This took the form of a series of episodes staged in Abbey Park, marking pivotal events in Leicester’s past. The costume and scenery design, and much of the committee level organisation, was masterminded at the Leicester College of Art. Both staff and students were involved in the design process and in some cases the records show who designed a specific costume, and the name of the actor for whom it was made.
The local press made extensive coverage of preparations for the week long event, featuring photographs of staff and students at work, the College staff who were responsible for organising the various episodes, and examples of the finished designs.
The Pageant showcased the history of Leicester from the year 50 to 1882. The performance was divided into episodes as follows:
1. Roman and Anglo-Saxon
2. The Barons and Simon de Montfort
3. City of John of Gaunt
4. Richard III
5. Tudor Leicester
6. Civil War Leicester
7. 18th and 19th Centuries
Performances were held in Abbey Park where a grandstand was erected. The week-long event was accompanied by a display of local industries in De Montfort Hall, street decorations and special shop displays.