Paul Readman is Professor of Modern British History at King’s College London. In 2018, he was elected to the Council of the Royal Historical Society. Readman is author of Land and Nation: Patriotism, National Identity and the Politics of Land (2008). His other publications include, as co-editor, The Land Question in Britain, 1759-1950 (2010), Borderlands in World History, 1700–1914 (2014) and Walking Histories, 1800–1914 (2016), as well as many articles and essays. Readman is Director of the major Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded project, ‘The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016’. This project has published articles and essays on pageants, and a multi-million-word database with details of over 650 pageants (http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/); it has also been responsible for a number of successful exhibitions on pageantry, in Carlisle, Bury St Edmunds and Scarborough: http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/events/
Theatre and Performance Publications
Articles and Book Chapters
History taught in the pageant way’ : Education and historical performace in twentieth-century Britain. / Bartie, Angela; Fleming, Linda; Freeman, Mark; Hulme, Tom; Hutton, Alexander; Readman, Paul.In: History Of Education, Vol. 48, No. 2, 2019, p. 156-179.
Historical pageants and the medieval past in twentieth-century England. / Bartie, Angela; Fleming, Linda; Freeman, Mark; Hulme, Tom; Hutton, Alexander Neil; Readman, P.In: The English Historical Review, Vol. 133, No. 563, 04.08.2018, p. 866-902.
Performing the past : Identity, civic culture and historical pageants in twentieth-century small towns. / Bartie, Angela; Fleming, Linda; Freeman, Mark; Hulme, Tom; Readman, Paul.Small Towns in Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Heritage and development strategies. ed. / L. Klusakova. Prague : Karolinum Press, 2018. p. 24-51.
Commemoration through Dramatic Performance: Historical Pageants and the Age of Anniversaries, 1905-1920. / Bartie, Angela; Fleming, Linda; Freeman, Mark; Hulme, Tom; Readman, Paul.The Age of Anniversaries: The Cult of Commemoration, 1895-1925 . ed. / T.G. Otte. Routledge, 2018. p. 195-218.
‘And those who live, how shall I tell their fame?’ : Historical pageants, collective remembrance and the First World War, 1919-39. / Bartie, Angela; Fleming, Linda; Freeman, Mark; Hulme, Tom; Readman, Paul; Tupman, Charlotte.In: HISTORICAL RESEARCH, Vol. 90, No. 249, 08.2017, p. 636-661.
Performances and Artistic Collaborations
Paul’s work on historical pageants has involved public exhibitions, film screenings, talks and workshops with a wide range of external partners (e.g. Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle). For further details of this work, please see the Redress of the Past project website: http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/. Free open access downloads available from 17 August, here: https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/123496