A ten week Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) course
11 January 2016
Time 13:00 - 15:00
Duration 2 hours
Cost £65.10 or free to those in receipt of means tested benefits
In August 1819 protesters from Oldham, Middleton, Stockport and beyond gathered in Manchester. Women led the marchers on their long walk into Manchester city centre for the one of the largest gatherings of working men and women in England. 60,000 people came to hear the greatest ‘orator’ in the land, Henry Hunt. Their demands were that towns like Manchester should have a representative in parliament – and that working people should have the vote.
They were brutally attacked. Peaceful protesters were cut down by the Yeomanry Guard, armed with sharpened sabres. 18 were killed and over 600 injured. From this moment on, the Massacre at Peterloo spurred on working class protesters as they battled for a more equal society throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Those that marched that day ‘made their own history’. Protesters today stand in a long tradition of struggle that started at Peterloo.
The course will cover Peterloo and the Chartists; the struggles over jobs, against Fascism, and for access to the countryside in the1930s; fighting Section 28 and for LGBT rights in the 1980s; to Stop the War, and the protests against the Bedroom Tax, and at the Conservative Party Conference in 2015.
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A learning experience in association with the People’s History Museum. A ten week course delivered by WEA tutor Mark Krantz. Mark is the author of two pamphlets; Rise Like Lions – The History and Lessons of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 and The 1842 General Strike; Richard Pilling and the Lancashire Chartists. Both pamphlets are available at the PHM shop.
Course runs Monday 11 January to Monday 21 March (half term break on Monday 15 February)
Booking Requirements: Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or booking online via WEA’s website. Please quote course ref C3838091
*Please note this is a ten week course, attendees are required to book onto all ten weeks of the course*
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