Manchester Histories, People’s History Museum and Historic England are seeking
expressions of interest from educators and artists who are experienced in creating and
delivering learning activities and resources for both formal and informal learners. Inspired
by the Peterloo Massacre, and the themes of protest, democracy and freedom of speech.
The Peterloo Massacre is a watershed moment in Britain’s struggle for universal suffrage
that would ultimately mark Manchester as a radical city like no other. It symbolizes public
protest, the struggle for democracy and the fight against political repression, at a time
when such was the need for economic social and political reform that ordinary people in
numbers never seen before took to the streets.
It also carries great scars, with significant loss of life and hundreds of casualties ending a
day that started as a peaceful demonstration to demand parliamentary reform. The fall-out
from what followed was felt across the country and continues to be felt two hundred years
Yet despite the impact of the Peterloo Massacre in its time, and as a powerful symbol for
protest and reform ever since, Peterloo is little known even amongst people living and
working on the doorstep of where it took place. It is a part of history that has largely gone
untold before now.
In 2019 there will be a Greater Manchester wide programme of activity commemorating
and acknowledging the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre.
Download the project brief
If you would like to submit an expression of interest, please return a completed PDF to email@example.com by Tuesday 5 February, 5pm.
Photo credit: Manchester Heroes© People's History Museum