Living History | Peterloo: beyond the headlines

Bring history to life and discover what happened at the Peterloo Massacre in St Peter's Field in Manchester, 1819.

Uncover the story of the day by meeting two very different eyewitnesses and decide for yourself why the peaceful protest turned into violence.

Our Living History workshops use performance, interactive drama activities and gallery exploration to bring learning to life. Our sessions provide lots of opportunities for cross-curricular learning and link directly to the National Curriculum.

Living History learning session, Peterloo @ People's History Museum
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Cost: £5 per learner (£4.50 per learner for groups in Greater Manchester). Minimum charge £95


1hr 30mins for KS2 & KS3

45 mins – 1hr for KS4 to adult

Capacity: 30 children or 25 adults

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Many of our sessions are suitable, or can be adapted, for learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


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Themes explored:

  • living and working conditions of the 19th century
  • protest
  • Manchester local history


Teachers Notes

Peterloo lesson plans


All sessions from PHM’s Learning Programme can support your Artsmark journey.Artsmark @ People's History Museum

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Book a Visit

For further information or to book a session you can contact the Learning Team on or 0161 838 9190.

Our sessions take place in our purpose built Mini Theatre space in Main Gallery One. This gallery is open to all our visitors during sessions.

Whilst we endeavour to keep any external noise during a performance to a minimum, please be aware at times there may be external noise from other visitors in the galleries.

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