On 16th August 1819 in St Peter's Fields, Manchester, armed cavalry charged a peaceful crowd of around 60,000 people gathered to listen to anti-poverty and pro-democracy speakers. It is estimated that 18 were killed, and nearly 700 seriously injured.
We are campaigning for a RESPECTFUL, INFORMATIVE and PERMANENT memorial to this major event in the history of Manchester and its people, and to those who died that day.
For our 2017 'Peterloo Names' commemoration event on Sunday the 20th of August, we plan to fill Albert Square with a sea of placards bearing the surnames of people we know were there. DO YOU HAVE A FAMILY LINK TO ONE OF THE PETERLOO PROTESTERS? You can see the full list of names here, including versions organized by town or occupation.
If you feel a link to one of these surnames, bring it on a small placard to the commemoration. Gather at Albert Square for a 1:00 start. More details below, or sign up to our 'Peterloo Names' facebook event page, or join us on twitter.
THE PETERLOO NAMES - Sunday 20th August 2017
Imagine a huge 'field' of surnames, held aloft on small horizontal banners... Symbolically we'll bring these people back to the location of the massacre.
The event will be held at 1pm, in Albert Square.
We want to pack the space with the surnames of people at the rally on 16th August 1819.
People who attended, were injured or died, as well as names of those who perpetrated the massacre.
We want you, the public, to own or adopt a name... particularly if it's one from your family history.
We have a list of known attendees, but there will have been many more, so if you simply know your family has been in the area for hundreds of years, and you feel they would have been there... great! Bring your own name!
Did someone from your street attend..? Many of the names have addresses as well... Perhaps you have a link to the name of one of the military, authorities or special constables? They're in the list too!
As with previous years we will have walks arriving from all over the region, music and special guests to read the names. Once it's all confirmed, we'll update this page.
Find more details on our events page.
Council Leader Richard Leese has announced that they're inviting Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller to work with them on the Peterloo Memorial. View his work to date.
Jeremy was very supportive of the Campaign with this 'Procession' piece.
Manchester City Council have committed to a new memorial to Peterloo, which will be part of the redevelopment of the St Peter's Square area.
We have been lobbying the Council to ensure there is some democratic input to the design of the memorial. We will work with them and anyone else in the city who shares our interest in creating a fitting and high quality memorial to the Peterloo Massacre.