On 16th August 1819 in St Peter's Fields, Manchester, armed cavalry charged a peaceful crowd of around 60,000 people gathered to listen to anti-poverty and pro-democracy speakers. It is estimated that 18 were killed, and over 700 seriously injured.
We are campaigning for a PROMINENT, EXPLANATORY and RESPECTFUL memorial to this major event in the history of Manchester and its people, and to those who died that day.
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2015 Anniversary Event - PETERLOO PICNIC
1pm - 3pm Sunday 16th August 2015
Outside Manchester Central Conference Centre
There'll be the same banners, marchers arriving, and the powerful reading of the names of the dead, as before, but we then want to try something new - 'The Peterloo Picnic' - thereby completing what the protesters originally set out to do.
We'll be laying out a giant version of the Peterloo 'spiderweb map' (below) on the apron, with picnic blankets marking each of the towns that send marchers to St Peter's Fields. We then want people from those areas to occupy them... with each empty blanket being an invitation for that town to join us in 2016.
Bring a simple meal of bread and cheese, to eat and chat while our acoustic musicians serenade you with appropriate songs. The more costumes, banners, hats, bonnets, shawls, hampers, Liberty Caps, the better!
Council Leader Richard Leese has announced that the artist they're offering the memorial design to is Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller. View his work to date.
Jeremy was very supportive of the Campaign with this 'Procession' piece.
Manchester City Council have committed to a new memorial to Peterloo, which will be part of the redevelopment of the St Peter's Square area.
We have been lobbying the Council to ensure there is some democratic input to the design of the memorial. We will work with them and anyone else in the city who shares our interest in creating a fitting and high quality memorial to the Peterloo Massacre.
Are you related to a Peterloo protestor?
Carnegie Publishing Ltd have released a sample cross section of names from the full list of over 650 included in Professor Michael Bush's 2005 book 'The Casualties of Peterloo'.
Download the list here