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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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've been told that the artist's brief is that the memorial should somehow mark other significant Peterloo locations, such as the site of the hustings behind the Free Trade Hall.
The artist will be chosen this year, as confirmed by an optimistic announcement made by the Council on the anniversary.
"A commissioning group of senior councillors* and the city's director of galleries will be appointing an artist who has a proven track record of working with, and consulting, a wider range of people and organizations to create a memorial of which Manchester can be proud. We intend to make an announcement before the end of the year.
Neither the form nor the location of the monument are being prescribed by the council and there will be plenty of room for public involvement. We will work with the Memorial Group and anyone else in the city who sharesour interest in creating a fitting and high quality memorial to the Peterloo Massacre. This is something the group has long been calling for and the fact that a permanent memorial will be in place well ahead of the 200th anniversary of the massacre is something which I'm sure everyone can welcome." *From our last meeting with Richard Leese we understood that'll be him, Pat Karney and Rosa Battle.
We have been lobbying the Council to try and find out exactly what is happening and ensure there is some democratic input to the design of the memorial. Please contact your local Councillor to emphasise that the design must fit our criteria, and not be of a meaningless, abstract nature.
We have several designs proposed by the public which we put out to vote via Facebook. - view the designs and see which came top of the vote /a>.
We were pleased to have actress Maxine Peake, fresh from her performance of Shelley's 'Masque of Anarchy' join us (along with the Lord Mayor) to
read the names of the dead under the Peterloo plaque on the side of the former Free Trade Hall for the 16th August commemoration.
There was a record turnout, and an excellent, accurate piece from the M.E.N. was part of a pretty wide (but very varying in quality) media interest. See more video and photos of the 2013 Anniversary.
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