Manchester Histories Projects

Peterloo 2019

Manchester Histories and People’s History Museum have been successful in securing an almost £70,000 development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Peterloo 2019 project, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. On 16th August 1819 in St Peter's Fields, Manchester government troops - including local yeomanry, charged a crowd of around 60,000 people who’d gathered to demand the reform of parliamentary representation resulting in the deaths of an estimated 18 people and the injury of over 650 others. 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of what became known as the Peterloo Massacre, an event widely acknowledged as a significant moment in the history of public protest and which has become synonymous with the struggle for democracy and the fight against political repression. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, Manchester Histories (MH) and People’s History Museum (PHM) will work in partnership with Manchester City Council, Historic England, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University as well as a host of other partners and individuals across Greater Manchester to develop Peterloo 2019, a project that will commemorate one of the most important episodes in the history of Greater Manchester. The grant of £69,200 will enable the partners to kick-start the further fundraising needed and begin to develop a substantial programme of activity around the pertinent themes of protest, democracy and freedom of speech. Initial plans for the Peterloo 2019 project include producing new learning resources for children and young people, creating a dynamic web portal and GPS triggered walking app to tell the story of Peterloo; training a crack team of volunteer Peterloo experts who’ll be helping run creative events at venues and festivals across Greater Manchester; launching the Peterloo Descendants: My Family Tree with historian and genealogist Michala Hulme. With opportunities for the public to get involved at every stage.

To find out more information about the project please email Barney Francis Peterloo 2019 Project Manager at

A colour painting of the Peterloo massacre showing the speakers and crowds being attacked by mounted cavalry.

Hidden Histories Hidden Historians

Hidden Histories Hidden Historians is a Manchester Histories’ project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project has been working with communities across Greater Manchester with the aim of supporting less familiar histories and heritage; that is to say, the histories of the people, buildings, families, communities and places that make up our lives.

These histories can become ‘hidden’ because they are not always as well known or recorded as the high-profile histories that are well-known in our region.

Nevertheless, these more hidden histories often shape us and the places we live and Manchester Histories are thrilled to be supporting people across Greater Manchester to uncover them.

The project is almost coming to an end with the last chance to see the multi-media exhibition by five community groups from across Greater Manchester who have explored their own hidden histories; taking them on a journey to becoming historians.

  • VENUE: Archives+, Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD. Continues to 31st January 2018

Over the last two years the project has:

  • Supported communities to explore and share their histories with wider audiences
  • Offer people the opportunity to develop excellent histories and heritage skills to better equip them to tell their own stories
  • Strengthen individuals, communities and organisations who are currently promoting hidden histories and heritage by offering support and opportunities to network
  • For more information about Hidden Histories Hidden Historians please email Charlie Booth, Community Engagement Manager at

Hidden Histories

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