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Exhibition | Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest

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23 March 2019 - 23 February 2020, Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition @ People's History Museum. Peterloo commemorative glass © PHM
Sisters Uncut protest at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, 2017. Photo © Holly Falconer. The Past, Present + Future of Protest @ People's History Museum
PHM Conservators with Hugh Hornby Birley portrait, oil paint on canvas © People's History Museum
1819 newspaper and Peterloo commemorative medal © People's History Museum
Manchester Heroes print by George Cruikshank, 1819 @ People's History Museum

Discover the story of Peterloo

Find out more about what happened in Manchester on 16 August 1819, from PHM Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch.

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Manchester Pride, 25 August 2018. Photo © The Proud Trust. The Past, Present + Future of Protest @ People's History Museum

How have you protested? We want your objects!

Add your objects that tell a story about protest to the exhibition’s Protest Lab.  These could be placards or badges from a protest march, or everyday objects that tell a personal story of protest.

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NFC (Near Field Communication) tag symbol

Where you see the symbol on the right when visiting the exhibition, you can use a contactless device to access websites to find out more about the themes explored in the exhibition.  If you do not have a NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled device, you can access the information by following the links below.

 


THE DEMAND FOR REFORM

Universal Suffrage or the Scum Uppermost hand coloured engraving on paper by George Cruikshank, July 1819 © People's History Museum

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WHAT HAPPENED ON THE DAY?

Peterloo commemorative glass, date unknown © People's History Museum

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THE VIOLENCE OF THE MASSACRE

Portrait of Hugh Hornby Birley, captain of the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry, oil paint on canvas, date unknown © People's History Museum

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THE WOMEN AT PETERLOO

Mrs Mabbot's dress, around 1819 © Manchester Art Gallery Bridgeman Images

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WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

Skelmanthorpe flag, around 1819. On loan from Tolson Museum © People's History Museum

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THE RADICAL PRESS

A Slap at Slop and The Bridge Street Gang news sheet by William Hone and George Cruikshank, 1821. On loan from Working Class Movement Library © People's History Museum

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COMMEMORATING PETERLOO

Peterloo commemorative medal, around 1819 © People's History Museum

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THE ROAD TO REFORM

Pontefract secret ballot box, painted wood and iron alloy, August 1872, courtesy of Wakefield Council

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Download a large print guide of the exhibition

Large print guide - 30pt PDF

Download a large print guide of the exhibition in 30 point (pt) font size in PDF document format

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Large print guide - 30pt Word

Download a large print guide of the exhibition in 30 point (pt) font size in Word document format

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Exhibition guide for group leaders

Suitable for groups of all ages, this resource provides key information about the exhibition and background to the Peterloo Massacre.  There are a range of activity ideas included, from discussion points to drama techniques and practical information to support your visit.

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Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition © People's History Museum