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Celebrations and Festivals

Discover more about cultural festivities and celebrations, including the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, May Day traditions and the feast days of our patron saints.

Horn Dance

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

Discover more about the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance and see photographs of the participants from 1899.
The crowning of the May Queen

Bringing in the May

Images from our Collections celebrating the many unique May customs
Corby Pole Fair Band

Recording Ritual

Discover what inspired the photographer Sir Benjamin Stone to record the ancient customs and rites of a nation.
Birmingham’s Kennedy Memorial in the 1980s

Saint Patrick would approve: Birmingham’s Kennedy Memorial

The Kennedy Memorial has a special place in the hearts of Birmingham Irish people. This year for the first time, the famous Saint Patrick's Day parade will pass this landmark in its new home in Digbeth.
Map of England with book covers

A St George's Day Journey

A tongue-in-cheek romp around England in book titles