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Pathé: ‘The Merry Month Of May’ (1923)

The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.

This month’s clip is titled ‘The Merry Month Of May’ (1923) and shows traditional May Day village celebrations in a 1920s British village.

In the film, you can see the crowning of the May Queen. The May Queen is a personification of spring and of the May Day holiday.

With this film, students could consider:

  • What traditions can you spot in the film?
  • How do you think these traditions have changed since 100 years ago? How have they stayed the same?
  • Have you participated in any of these traditions?

This film could be used alongside our Twenties Britain resource to see how people lived in the 1920s:

You could also look at this May Queen photograph from our Victorian Lives bundle – how did celebrations evolve?

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