Cromwell Museum – The Putney Debates

375 years ago a remarkable meeting took place in St Mary’s Church in Putney. In November 1647 representatives of ordinary soldiers met their generals to discuss what sort of government the country should have in the aftermath of a devastating Civil War.

Some of these men – nicknamed Levellers by their opponents – proposed radical notions for the 1600s, including for the first time that all men should have the vote.

To tie in with our current exhibition on the Levellers, the Cromwell Museum is staging another of its popular dramatisation of key events from the 1600s, in association with the Sealed Knot. In the atmospheric surroundings of Huntingdon Town Hall, amateur actors will bring to life the discussions and debates around democratic ideas which we take for granted today, but were truly revolutionary for their time.

These performances tend to be very popular and places are limited; early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Performances last appoximately 75 minutes including a Q&A session. Due to the nature of the subject matter it is not recommended for younger children. Please arrive promptly on the day as latecomers might not be admitted so as to not interrupt what is an immersive performance. Wheelchair users are welcome; please e-mail us after booking so that we can allocate a space for you.

Public performances of the Putney Debates drama are being held on Saturday 25 February at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 6.30pm and on Sunday 26 February at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Performances will last about 70 minutes. Tickets for these performances are £10 per person (£8 students and Museum Members) and can be booked in person at the Cromwell Museum or online at:

Huntingdon Town Hall

53 High Street


PE29 3AE

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