University of York: Representing popular street parade in the museum Symposium

This two-day symposium 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 event is organised by Dr Frances Thirlway with assistance from Dr Lucy Wright and Dr Laurie Hanquinet, in partnership with Woodhorn Colliery Museum, National Museum Wales and the Huis van Alijn Museum of Everyday Life (Belgium). We hope the symposium will lay the groundwork for future research collaborations and funding bids. Funding for symposium speaker expenses was generously provided by the Creativity and Culture & Communication Theme Research Champions priming funds at the University of York, with an additional contribution from the AHRC-aligned Impact Accelerator Fund.


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Tickets are £10 per day or £20 for both days; the symposium dinner ticket is £30.


King's Manor, York