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Civic Decline and Televised Nationalism: The Provincial Response to the Coronation of 1953

19 March 2013, 17:15 - 19:15

Event Type: Seminar


Ben Roberts (Teeside)


The celebration of royal events in northern towns like Darlington and Middlesbrough witnessed large scale civic pageants. Their popularity had begun to decline with the rise of the street party, but the televising of the 1953 coronation transformed the engagement of the north with major national events. This paper considers the response of the two towns to the coronation and the manner in which the local authorities attempted to compete with the broadcast in order to promote civic society.

Venue: The Court Room (Senate House, first floor)

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

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