The Making of a Pageant 1947-2020
18 April – 5 September
During Library Opening Hours
Brothock & Corsar Galleries, Arbroath Library
The exhibition focuses on the making of the pageant and the community effort involved in creating the events. The exhibition will celebrate the creativity and innovation of the events; from the theatrical performances to the newly composed music, the amazing floats and the astonishing staging.
Featuring new puppets and props created by artists and community groups from Arbroath Pageant 2020, historic collections, photographs and footage from ANGUSalive Archive & Museum Collections, the Arbroath Abbey Pageant Group and private collections of the community in Arbroath.
Between 1947 – 2020, the Arbroath Abbey Pageant happened nineteen times, drawing together communities of people from across the town to consider Arbroath’s important history in contemporary life.
The Arbroath Abbey Pageant involves a performance and procession inspired by the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 and the historic events leading up to it. Audiences are presented with historical tableaux and re-imaginings of significant figures, events and narratives from Scottish history. Each pageant not only portrays the momentous occasion but reflects the civic concerns and interests of the day.
People travel from across Scotland, the rest of the UK and overseas to be part of and watch this spectacular event. The pageants are driven by the view that this historic occurrence in the small community of Arbroath is of national and international importance: Worthy of showcasing, exploring and celebrating.
A programme of talks, workshops and events will run during the exhibition opening.