The Pentrich Revolution: England’s Last Armed Rebellion

The Pentrich Revolution: England’s Last Armed Rebellion

10am - 5.30pm

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October 2017 - January 2018


Few people have heard of Pentrich, fewer still have heard of the Pentrich Revolution now, after two hundred years, we are claiming our place in history. The exhibition at The National Justice Museum marks the bi-centenary of the revolution and will reveal that much of the planning for this rising took place in Nottingham.

On 9th June 1817, some 300 men set out for Nottingham from South Wingfield and Pentrich gathering men and arms at other villages on the Derbyshire-Nottinghamshire border. Within 24 hours one man had been shot dead and the uprising had been put down by government troops.

The Pentrich Revolution, and the reaction of the authorities, was far from being an isolated incident.  It was part of a wider wave of radicalism and discontent which swept through Britain and the rest of Europe following the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the upheavals caused by the Industrial Revolution.  Many of the demands made by those involved in the Pentrich Revolution and other protests at the time were for rights that we now take for granted but which for many people in the early nineteenth century were far out of reach.

This exhibition has been Curated by the Pentrich and South Wingfield Revolution Group and funded by HLF.


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