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The Peterloo Massacre

Saturday, 19 October 2019

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Suitable for: 14+


200 years ago, on 16 August, contingents from across Greater Manchester, including Rochdale and Middleton, marched to St Peter’s Field to peacefully demonstrate and demand the reform of parliamentary representation. In an attempt to disperse the crowd, the Yeoman cavalry charged with their sabres drawn into the crowd of 60,000-80,000 people. 18 were killed, including a child, and up to 700 people were injured in the melee.

The event became known as ‘Peterloo’ – an ironic comparison to the Battle of Waterloo, which had taken place only 4 years earlier.

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre and in honour of the local people who marched to St Peter’s Field, we welcome author and scriptwriter Paul Magrs (pictured on this page), and graphic artists, authors and illustrators Polyp and Eva Schlunke to talk about their respective works focusing on this event, which bring history to life. Paul Magrs is the writer of Doctor Who: The Peterloo Massacre, an audio drama produced by Big Finish which saw the 5th Doctor (Peter Davison) travel back in time to the event. Polyp and Schlunke have written and illustrated a graphic novel about Peterloo, bringing a new dimension to the telling of what happened that day 200 years ago.

Cover for Peterloo - Witnesses to a Massacre.

Visit the official Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre website (external link)

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