Be part of Peterloo 2019

Get involved in next year’s 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre by putting on an event or becoming an Ambassador as part of the Peterloo 2019 commemorations.

Everyone is invited to take part.

Events do not have to be historically focused or linked to the UK, as the themes have been deliberately chosen to reflect contemporary issues. It’s a great opportunity to commemorate and celebrate in a programme that will draw in crowds from across Greater Manchester and beyond to raise awareness of Peterloo.

Next steps:


If you have your own event or want to put an event please complete the Manchester Histories event form at: by 14 January 2019.

Manchester Histories will have spaces suitable for all different types and size of events at Manchester Central Library each Tuesday & Thursday (day & evening) and Saturday (9-5pm) from 7 June to 31 August 2019. There will also be opportunities to hold activities in other venues (Museum of Science and Industry/People’s History Museum/Manchester Art Gallery) if extra spaces are needed.

If you want to chat to us more about your event please:

Join us next Saturday 8th December at Manchester Central Library for a 1:1 chat or at the next Peterloo Network meeting on 14 Feb 2019 at People’s History Museum – where you can also meet other participants and talk to Manchester Histories team about your events or other activities.

Book here for 1:1 chat.

Book here for Peterloo Network.

There also will be a Peterloo Big Weekend 15-18 August 2019, with more events, including the unveiling of the new Peterloo permanent public memorial produced by the artist Jeremy Deller. More details of this will be announced at the next network meeting.


What was the Peterloo Massacre?

On 16th August 1819, 60,000 people gathered on what was then known as St Peter’s Field in Manchester to peacefully demand the reform of parliamentary representation.

When troops, including local government forces, charged the crowds, the tragic result saw 18 people lose their lives and around 700 injured. This was to become known as the Peterloo Massacre.

In 2019, Manchester Histories will mark the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre with a programme of public events, learning and creative exploration in partnership with key cultural organisations and communities across Greater Manchester.

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