This two-day symposium on 10 and 11 July will explore historical and contemporary popular street parade including the kazoo ‘jazz’ marching bands of the coalfields areas; the entertaining troupes and carnival display morris troupes of the North West of England; brass bands and majorettes, town carnival and British Caribbean carnival; and the ‘queens of industry’ interwar phenomenon in the North of England. Street parade and performance are important aspects of historical working-class leisure; contemporary forms involving girls and women are particularly likely to be hidden from view.
The event is aimed primarily at museum professionals and secondly at researchers; it will showcase practical examples of participatory mapping, oral history collection, curation and exhibition, digitisation, archive and database creation, as well as joint projects with visual artists and academic researchers. Five museums and eleven universities are taking part; the second day will conclude with a roundtable event involving the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Council and others funders and stakeholders.
The full programme can be found here.
Book tickets for either or both days of the symposium here.
Tickets are £10 per day or £20 for both days; the symposium dinner ticket is £30. Register by 29 June.