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 RESPECTFUL, INFORMATIVE and PROMINENT memorial to this major event in the history of Manchester and its people, and to those who died that day.
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2016 Anniversary Event - THE PETERLOO TAPESTRY
1pm - 5:30pm Sunday 14th August 2015
We will meet outside Manchester Central Conference Centre (Windmill Street side) at 1pm,
then proceed to the Friends Meeting House (6 Mount Street) where creation of Tapestry will begin at 1:30pm.
This year the Peterloo Memorial Campaign Group's commemorative event will be the creation of a public
participative artwork in the form of an evocative tapestry. As well as being a powerful, expressive, absorbing
and intriguing object in its own right, the Tapestry will also serve as a formal record of Manchester's aspirations
for what the forthcoming Peterloo Memorial should express.
We have a 4ft x 30ft canvas which was spun and woven on vintage machines at Quarry Bank Mill, onto which we will invite members of the public to attach their pre-prepared pieces. The finished artwork will be a collage of ideas, inspiration, memories and poignant objects which we hope will reflect what the Peterloo Massacre, and other struggles for democracy both past and present, mean to the people of Greater Manchester.
Drop in to the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS, any time from 1:30pm to 5:15pm to add, view, or create your piece in the designated workroom. There will be a final photo call of the finished artwork at 5:30pm, against the period wall of the Meeting House.
Your contribution to the Tapestry could be a simple written statement, a photograph, a piece of modern or historical political memorabilia,
a drawing, an item or fragment of an item from the period, a print of an image from the time, a badge, a suffragette ribbon...
The only limitations are that each object needs to be as flat, flexible and lightweight as possible, and of a modest size. There's no minimum size restriction, but maximum size must be no larger than 1ft x 1ft. This gives as many people as possible the chance to participate, and means the objects won't be damaged when the tapestry is rolled on to its drum.
We hope the majority of the objects to be added to the tapestry will be prepared beforehand, and represent a huge range of ideas and styles, such as elegant calligraphy, woven text, spray-painted stencils, sculpted pieces etc.
There will be a preparation room available onsite for adding finishing touches or attachment points to your piece, but for the sake of avoiding congestion and time delays on the day, we strongly recommend that objects arrive prepared and as ready to attach as possible.
The finished tapestry will be revealed to the press during the Reading of the Names Ceremony at 1pm on Tuesday 16th August 2016, on the Windmill Street side of the Manchester Central forecourt.
Please email us if you have any questions about how to prepare your object for display.
We'll also be holding a preparation workshop at The People's History Museum on Thursday 11th August, 4pm - 7:30 pm where you may bring your objects to be prepared or receive guidance on how to prepare your object for the 14th August event.
Council Leader Richard Leese has announced that they're inviting Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller to work with them on the Peterloo Memorial. 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