More than 200 years ago, peaceful protestors in Manchester were charged by the government’s cavalry, in an event that became known as The Peterloo Massacre. And the People’s History Museum is marking this solemn anniversary an exhibition entitled ‘Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest’. This tells the story of the massacre and how its legacy still haunts the political landscape today. Included are original artefacts from the event, including those from the PHM’s own collection and new acquisitions on loan from other museums. Also featured is a specially-commissioned film in which notable people share their personal perspectives on Peterloo. Contributors include Maxine Peake and the news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Alongside the traditional exhibition gallery will be a dynamic space that will act as a ‘Protest Lab’. For the duration of the exhibition this will be used by individuals, communities, and organisations to share and develop their views and ideas about protest.

Sat 23 Mar – Sun 23 Feb 2020, People’s History Museum Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER, Tel: 0161 838 9190, 10am – 5pm, FREE,

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Sat 23 Mar - Sun 23 Feb
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Thu 4 Apr 2019