Peterloo 2019

Protest Music & Art Commission

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 later.

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 michael.powell@phm.org.uk by Tuesday 5 February, 5pm.

Photo credit: Manchester Heroes© People's History Museum

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