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1 July 2011

The museum is hosting a series of events to commemorate the Peterloo Massacre in August.

Friday 12 August
6.30pm – 9.00pm
Peterloo Legacy Memorial Team invites you to the Peterloo Legacy Lecture
Delivered by Tristram Hunt MP
On 16 August 1819 in Manchester the Yeomanry charged on a defenceless crowd who gathered to demand a basic democratic right – the right to vote. The demand for people’s rights were not heard for the first time in Manchester at the Peterloo Massacre, but from that day on, the demand for people’s rights got louder and louder and the same demand now travels around the world.

The Peterloo Legacy Lecture brings together the history of the events in Manchester, celebrates the progress made in the world and recognises the people and the struggles of today.

This year’s inaugural Legacy Lecture will invite democracy campaigners from around the world – all will be unable to attend because they are imprisoned by repressive regimes.  An address will be given in their absence by Tristram Hunt MP. 

The museum’s cafe bar The Left Bank will be open before and during the event for refreshments.  Suitable for adults. Booking required.  Contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or email Free.

Saturday 13 August
Peterloo – Massacre on the Streets of Manchester
Walk led by Ed Glinert, Green Badge Guide of New Manchester Walks. 16 August 1819: troops charged 60,000 Mancunians on a public bank holiday at a rally called to lower the price of bread and demand the vote. More than a dozen were killed and hundreds injured. What soon became known as the Peterloo Massacre is now seen as one of the most significant political events in English history.  We explain and recall the events of the day close to its anniversary. 

Walk starts: 12.00pm, steps of Midland Hotel, Peter Street.  Walk ends: about 2 hours later at PHM. Booking optional, available via / 07769 298 068. £6 (£5 concessions).

Tuesday 16 August
Peterloo and Shelley’s The Masque of Anarchy
Join this commemorative walk by Ed Glinert, Green Badge Guide of New Manchester Walks, to mark the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, followed by a reading from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s The Masque of Anarchy; one of his strongest political poems, inspired by the events of Peterloo. In association with the Wordsworth Trust at Dove Cottage, Grasmere.

Walk starts: 10.30am, Midland Hotel steps, Peter Street. Walk ends: about 2 hours later at PHM, followed by poetry reading (approx 20 minutes). Suitable for adults. Booking optional – please contact: 07769 298 068 / £6 (£5 concessions), pay guide on the day.

Tuesday 16 August
6.30pm – 8.00pm
Peterloo discussed – Manchester’s day of destiny
‘Rise like lions after slumber, in unvanquishable number’. So wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley after the ‘massacre in Manchester’ in 1819. Discussing the circumstances and injustices which led to the events of Peterloo, local writer,broadcaster and guide Jonathan Schofield will be taking a serious, yet entertaining look at a day which defines British democracy. How the massacre developed, the people involved, and even the role of cheese (yes, cheese) will be analysed to attempt a true picture of what happened on 16 August 1819, and what Peterloo meant for the road to democracy in Britain.

Suitable for adults. Booking required. Contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or email £5 (£3 concessions).

Friday 19 August
1.15pm – 2.00pm
From Peterloo to the post war world
A guided tour of the main galleries of the People’s History Museum.

Suitable for adults. No booking required. Free.

Saturday 20 August
11.30am – 1.00pm & 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Peterloo and Shelley’s The Masque of Anarchy
Take inspiration from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem The Masque of Anarchy and enjoy this creative writing  workshop, with the theme ‘Poetry and Protest’. Led by Helen Mort, Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust at Dove Cottage, Grasmere.

Suitable for all ages. Booking required. Free.