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There are many Museums, Galleries and other institutions throughout Greater Manchester and beyond where permanent exhibitions relating to Peterloo can be found.

In addition, from time to time, temporary exhibitions will be held and these will be shown here.


The People's History Museum is the National Museum of Democracy.

'Objects related to the fight for the vote make up a core of the collection. The objects are hugely varied. The PHM collection of trade union and political banners is the largest and most important of its type in the world.

The museum also houses an internationally significant political archive and includes the complete holdings of the Labour Party and Communist Party of Great Britain. PHM also holds over 95,000 photographic images covering labour history, the Labour Party and more general political history.'



Saturday 23 March 2019 to Sunday 23 February 2020 - for full details click 

'Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest - Temporary Exhibition



'Our collection captures many points of view to tell the story of Britain's working classes from the beginning of industrialisation to the present day.
Our oldest items date from the 1760s. From the 1820s we have some of the earliest trade union documents to have survived.
We have artefacts about the Peterloo massacre of 1819 as well as fascinating insights into the lives of the Suffragettes. We have moving accounts of life on the front line in the Spanish Civil War as  well as the real life stories of tradesmen and women struggling to make ends meet.
We’re a living collection, growing all the time with fascinating donations from campaigners, activist groups a




31st May to 19th September 2019 - for full details click 

A Series of Peterloo - Related Events



The John Rylands Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands.

In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900.

The library became part of The University of Manchester in 1972 and currently holds the Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library. Mrs Rylands' memorial to her husband is now part of the third largest academic library in the United Kingdom, and the Deansgate building houses over 250,000 printed volumes, and well over a million manuscripts and archival items.


21st March to 29th September 2019 - for full details click 

Peterloo - Manchester's Fight for Freedom



Chetham’s Library has been in continuous use as a free public library for over 350 years. It is housed in a beautiful sandstone building dating from 1421 which was built to accommodate the priests of Manchester’s Collegiate Church.

The entire collection at Chetham’s Library has been designated as one of national and international importance, an accolade of which we are extremely proud.


The Library began acquiring books in August 1655, and has been adding to its collections ever since. As well as a fine collection of early printed books, the collections include a wealth of ephemera, manuscript diaries, letters and deeds, prints, paintings and glass lantern slides.

Chetham's Library is not staging a Peterloo Exhibition as such. Instead, each week, a different item from their collection will be showcased online.

For full details and also more information about the entire Peterloo collectiuon at Chethams, click



Touchstones Rochdale offers a wide variety of exhibitions in the Heritage Gallery and the Art Gallery's four gallery spaces including those from the local community, selections from the borough's impressive art collection and work by contemporary artists.


As well as our changing exhibitions spaces, we have a permanent museum at Touchstones which aims to tell a potted history of Rochdale.


The Museum is ideally suited to visitors with an interest in the history of Rochdale or families. There are interactive exhibits, films, audios and objects from the borough’s Collection on display.

Access: Touchstones Rochdale is fully accessible for people using wheelchairs. There are three designated parking bays for blue badge holders outside the venue.


The current brochure and information about peterloo-related events can be found 

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