Find your Ancestors at this Historical Costume Ball

Manchester’s premier five-star hotel, The Lowry Hotel, is appealing for help in hunting down the attendees of the original Manchester Ball held in 1828, pictured in a famous portrait.

By Manchester's Finest | 19 March 2019

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The hotel is offering complimentary tickets for its prestigious Maggie’s Charity Costume Ball for decedents of the influential Mancunians who attended the original event almost 200 years ago.

The ball on the 30th March 2019 takes inspiration from one of the region’s most glamorous happenings in 1828 when generous philanthropists from the North West attended the extravagant Manchester Ball to raise money for local charities.

Landowners, MPs, industrial magnates and business owners were invited to the Theatre Royal event, for which tickets cost one guinea. Prominent citizens included the Lord Mayor, Home Secretary Robert Peel, the De Trafford family and J Lees.

The 19th-century celebration was attended by 3,400 guests and the scene was captured by artist Arthur Perigal and is regarded as a social record of the ‘cream of Manchester’s society’.

The ball was reimagined and brought back almost 200 years later by the Lowry Hotel’s general manager, Adrian Ellis, alongside Jasmine Watson and Carolyn Mellor of Homes4U.

The Maggie’s Costume Charity Ball will return to the Lowry Hotel for its third year on 30th March 2019, with the new theme announced as the opulent Victorian period. This year the hotel is inviting families of the original attendees to join them as guests of honour.

Maggie’s Charity Costume Ball is becoming one of Manchester’s most popular charity events, complete with period costumes, historical dancing and a delicious three-course meal.

The fundraising event supports Maggie’s centres, which provide essential support to patients and families affected by cancer. The 2018 ball was attended by over 100 guests and raised over £16k for Maggie’s centres nationwide.

The event is being supported by The Royal Exchange Costume Department which cover all historical periods. A reduced rate is being offered of £45 for hire of a costume which includes all accessories, boots and hats.

Tickets cost £99 and include entertainment, a three-course dinner, DJ, disco, raffle and auction.

The Lowry Hotel will be gifting two pairs of tickets, picked at random, to those people forthcoming with information on guests in the famous image.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing or by calling Maggie’s Manchester on 0161 641 4857.


Maggie’s Costume Ball at The Lowry Hotel
Drinks, 3 courses dinner + entertainment 

Venue: The Lowry Hotel
Date: 30th March 2019
Time: From 7pm
Cost: £99 per ticket

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The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Pl, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester M3 5LH
0161 827 4000