People's Landscapes exhibitions, art installations and events

The Durham Coast

To mark 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, a turning point in our democracy, our 2019 programme, People's Landscapes, is exploring the connections between our places and the rights and beliefs we hold dear today.

Across the country, we are delving into the deeper stories behind these places of change, through a series of events, walks and talks, including a collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and projects supported by contemporary artists, with Turner prize winning artist, Jeremy Deller, as artistic advisor. 

Here are some of the events and installations you can experience throughout 2019.

Artists, led by Jeremy Deller, to share their creative projects

Artists explore landscapes at the forefront of social change 

Jeremy Deller, Jarvis Cocker, Bob and Roberta Smith are among the artists helping us explore how the landscapes we love brought people together to shape the history of our nation.

A print depicting the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester.

Marking the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre 

In 1819, thousands gathered in St Peter’s Field, Manchester to campaign for parliamentary reform. When the military were called in, many were killed. This summer Dunham Massey and Quarry Bank in Cheshire will be exploring their connections to this pivotal moment in British history with exhibitions, events and new artwork under the artistic direction of Turner Prize-winner Jeremy Deller.

These commissions have been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and with additional support from Art Fund. 

Photograph of David Attenborough

Faces of Change: Nature’s Champions - National Trust/National Portrait Gallery partnership exhibition 

22 June - 8 September, Attingham Park, Shropshire
21 September - 8 December, Upton House, Warwickshire

A partnership exhibition, Nature’s Champions, will tour to Attingham and Upton House, and focus on individuals who have transformed the ways in which we perceive, experience and aim to protect the natural world, including Beatrix Potter and Sir David Attenborough. Young people and family audiences connected to each property were involved in the choice of works from the gallery's collection.

Rangers and wardens reunited on Kinder's summit

More People's Landscape events 

Across the country, you'll be immersed in the stories behind the history, with a series of expert-led walks and talks. From the recreation of the Kinder Scout mass trespass to dawn chorus walks, there are lots of opportunities to engage with the landscape.