Performing protest: riots against technological change in the 19th century

Performing protest22nd March, 2014

  • 11.30am - 12.30pm, repeated at 2.30-3.30pm
  • £4/£2 concessions, including refreshments
  • Booking required
  • Not suitable for under 16s

Join us at MERL for an immersive theatrical performance to find out what happened during the Swing Riots in 1831. Follow the characters who bore witness during this tumultuous period around the Museum, hear their stories about what it was like to live and work in the countryside at the time. Meet William Winterborn accused of being the illusive ‘Captain Swing’ and choose whether to support him or the landowners who were trying to protect their new machinery. We will explore the causes, events and aftermath of the Swing Riots both locally and nationally.


View our trailer on YouTube


Part of National Science & Engineering Week, 14th to 23rd March '14NSEW logo 14

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