This is a conversation between Harry Mottram and Paul Readman of King’s College London ahead of the Axbridge Pageant 2020 concerning the changing nature of pagents. Axbridge’s pageant takes place in the Square in Axbridge on August 29-31 over the bank holiday weekend.

If you wish to take part in the pageant over the August bank holiday then email the producer John Kendall at To find out more about the pageant visit… And to find out more about the work of Dr Mark Freeman visit