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18 May - 2 November, Heritage Gallery


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.

Opening Times

Tuesday 9.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday - Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

 Please check during holiday periods.

FREE admission. Pre booked visits only - BOOK HERE

Contact Information

Main Reception: 01706 924492.   Visitor Information Centre: 01706 924928.   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ

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