Marking the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre
To mark 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, we looked at the connections between our places and the rights and beliefs we hold dear today.
Why was the Peterloo Massacre important?
On the 16th of August 1819 thousands of pro-democracy and anti-poverty protesters gathered in St Peter’s Field in Manchester. A cavalry charge to disperse the crowd left an estimated 18 people dead and nearly 700 injured. The massacre was a turning point in our democracy, leading directly to the founding of the Manchester Guardian newspaper and becoming a catalyst for Chartism and other workers' rights movements.
Two National Trust places, Quarry Bank and Dunham Massey, have connections to this event and this year we've been delving further into their stories through contemporary art and events.