18 May - 2 November
In 1819 around 60,000 men, women and children from across the North West, marched peacefully into Manchester to call for parliamentary reforms to secure more rights for themselves. This ended in blood shed as the local magistrates sent in the cavalry to disperse the crowd. 700 people were injured and 18 were killed. This became known as The Peterloo Massacre.
To commemorate the 200th anniversary the museum will be displaying a range of objects from the collection with incredible stories linked to Peterloo, including the only surviving banner that was marched from Middleton by a group led by Sam Bamford. The exhibition will also include a project with Rochdale Borough’s Youth Parliament and Children’s Council and props from Mike Leigh’s new film ‘Peterloo’.
There will also be a programme of exciting events and activities around the borough related to the exhibition.
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Art Cafe: 10am-4pm. Please check during holiday periods.
FREE admission to exhibitions and some regular activities. Talks, tours, performances, workshops and special events have a cost.
Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ
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