Part of the national commemorations marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819, this headline exhibition for 2019 tells the story of Peterloo and highlights its relevance today, examining issues within our democracy that people are campaigning for 200 years on.
The exhibition features objects, including original Peterloo artefacts, brought together for the very first time, alongside pieces telling more recent stories of protest. A short film commissioned especially for the exhibition brings to life the story of Peterloo, protest, and the road to democratic reform.
A creative space within the exhibition is a Protest Lab; an experimental gallery for individuals, communities and organisations to use to share and develop their views and ideas for collective action.
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Suitable for all ages
Part of PHM’s year long programme exploring the past, present and future of protest, marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre; a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.
Find out more about what happened in Manchester on 16 August 1819, from PHM Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch.Find out more
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.Find out more
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.
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.Download the exhibition guide