Peterloo 2019 Programme

Peterloo 2019 was a commemorative programme led by Manchester Histories to mark the 200th anniversary of one of the most important episodes in the history of Manchester.

People singing and playing instruments at Protest Music RNCM
Panel discussing Peterloo and democracy with audience in Manchester Central Library

The Peterloo Massacre is widely acknowledged as a significant event in the history of public protest, democracy, universal suffrage and representation and is a part of Manchester’s radical tradition.

The Peterloo 2019 programme was underpinned by three central themes: Protest, Democracy, Freedom of Speech. It explored issues of contemporary relevance linked to the events 200 years ago, including democracy, political participation and citizenship.

'The Peterloo 2019 programme was a real success! It reached and engaged with over one million people from across the world. Manchester City Council is proud to have been a key partner in this important commemoration. Manchester Histories led the programme with commitment, creativity and authenticity to ensure thestory of the Peterloo Massacre has a continuing presence in Manchester’s cultural and political life.'

Councillor Luthfur Rahman Executive Member for Skills, Culture & Leisure

'I want to congratulate Manchester Histories on your years of sheer hard work that resulted in the extensive programme for Peterloo 2019 and the fabulous
commemorative anniversary weekend.I have witnessed first-hand how much effort you have all put in and I want to pass on my thanks. You have orchestrated the creation of a meaningful legacy to history. Thank you.'

Peterloo Network Member

180 Events took place across Greater Manchester

Panel discussion in Manchester Central Library with audience in foreground

Over 600,000 Visitors to Manchester Central Library

Big Screen showing people from the Peterloo Massacre outside the Bridgwater hall

45,850 Web hits from June – August 2019.

Group Picture of Manchester Histories Volunteers all wearing Peterloo t-shirts except for one man who is dressed in victorian attire

1,976 Volunteer Training Hours

More information on Peterloo 2019 programme

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