Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller unveils his designs for a memorial to the Peterloo Massacre and the visual Identity for Peterloo 2019 is revealed

Manchester Histories was yesterday (31 October 2018) delighted to welcome the Turner Prize-winning artist, Jeremy Deller to personally present his designs for a permanent memorial to commemorate those who died at the Peterloo Massacre of 1819.

The artist has been commissioned by Manchester City Council to design a lasting memorial to be in place for the 200th anniversary of the massacre next year.

Karen Shannon, Chief Executive of Manchester Histories, said, "Jeremy Deller's memorial to the Peterloo Massacre is an important milestone in our history. It will remind us of the ordinary people who fought, died, or were injured in their struggle for representation and democracy, things we still fight for today. 

"It is beautifully conceived, so that it's as much a memorial as a meeting point, where people can come together, orate, reflect on the past, but also look to the future."

A dedicated Peterloo Network grew out of a Manchester Histories Festival event 5 years ago. Led by Manchester Histories and People’s History Museum and including Manchester City Council, Historic England, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, various other cultural institutions, historians, campaigners and individuals, the Peterloo Network has continued to meet regularly and work collaboratively towards Peterloo 2019, which will commemorate one of the most significant episodes in the history of Britain’s struggle for universal suffrage. Deller unveiled his designs to the Network before the designs go on public display from Thursday 1 November for three days at Manchester’s Central Library.

The largest Manchester Histories Festival to date will take place from June to August 2019, culminating with the unveiling of Deller’s permanent memorial on 16 August 2019 - exactly two hundred years after the massacre took place.

Also revealed at the meeting was the visual identity for the Peterloo 2019 campaign. Led by Manchester-based creative consultancy Imagine and Fido PR, the development of the Peterloo visual identity involved over 120 people from the Peterloo Network who creatively contributed to the creation of the logo, which anyone hosting events or activities to mark the bicentenary is invited to use.

The overall form of the logo is taken from the shape of the geographic area of St Peter’s Field in central Manchester, site of the Peterloo Massacre.  It serves as a reminder that this is where 60,000 people from across Greater Manchester had gathered to demand representation and where 18 were to lose their lives and around 700 were to be injured when local government forces charged the crowd.

The visual is accompanied by a strapline that expresses the core Peterloo 2019 values; Protest, Democracy and Freedom of Speech.

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