In 1905, to mark 1,200 years since the founding of the town, Sherborne staged a historical pageant, which involved around 900 local people. A detailed, illustrated account of the Sherborne Pageant can be found here:
Four more profiles have been added. Rachel Hassall has also uploaded to YouTube a short film clip of the procession at the end of the Pageant. This is wonderfully evocative so please do have a look - click here.
We have now uploaded the first Profiles of Pageant Participants. If there is a 'P' or a 'P*' in the final column of the list of participants (see below), click here to read (and download if you wish) a profile of the individual or group concerned.
In 2010 Rachel Hassall, the Archivist of Sherborne School, which holds many of the original records of the Pageant including numerous photographs, began to research the participants involved in the Pageant, starting with those pupils of Sherborne School who had taken part. She then enlisted the help of the SDFHS and Graham Bendell and Barry Brock undertook further research into participants who came from the wider community. Following a very successful event held at our Family History Centre on 12 July 2015 (summary) it was agreed that the Society would continue Rachel’s research into the participants of the Sherborne Pageant as an official SDFHS Project, since this is a valuable family history resource for people with ancestors from Sherborne and the surrounding area.
A selection of some of the many photographs can be found here.
Although originally anonymous now over 600 participants have been named and a list (fully searchable PDF) can be found here.
If there is a 'P' or a 'P*' in the final column of the list of participants click here to read (and download if you wish) a profile of the individual or group concerned.
Do you recognise anyone on the list? Can you help us to write a profile about one of the participants by sharing further information about them with us? Perhaps you have a photo either taken at the time or later. Please contact us as we very much look forward to hearing from you.
please get in touch by e-mail, or by phone (01935 389611).
Barbara Elsmore (Project Co-ordinator) Graham Bendell, Rachel Hassall, Patricia Spencer.