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Regional Rituals in England

This exhibition brings together 50 photographs of regional rituals performed throughout the year in England.

Costumed processions, symbolic dramatizations, traditional dances and fire ceremonies mark the changing seasons and celebrate nature’s bounty. Many of these customs claim an ancient origin.

London practices are well documented including Borough Market’s Apple Day celebrations and Twelfth Night Wassailing on the South Bank.

Award-winning photographer Sara Hannant’s vibrant images offer a captivating and surprising glimpse of contemporary ‘Merrie England’.

About the photographer

Sara Hannant has been a freelance photographer for more than 20 years. She was awarded Resurgence Magazine’s photography prize in 2006, and her social documentary work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Marie Claire and Time Out, among other publications.

Book Signing with Sara Hannant

  • On Sunday 8 July, as part of The Big Dance Picnic, at 1.30-2pm and 3.30-4pm, Sara Hannant will be signing copies of her book Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids in the Horniman Shop.