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 were established in 2007 to campaign 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.
In case you missed it, the proposed design and location of Jeremy Deller's permanent memorial went on public display at Central Library in November.
Both the MCC and the Peterloo Memorial Campaign ran their own independent surveys of public responses to the design and location.
SUMMARY OF THE PETERLOO MEMORIAL CAMPAIGN SURVEY RESULTS:
Strongly approve of the design- 33%
Approve of the design - 32%
Neutral opinion on design - 8%
Disapprove of the design - 10%
Strongly disapprove of the design - 17%
89% approve of the location.
A full report of the PMC survey results is available here.
The location is extremely close to where the 'hustings' speaker's cart stood. The hustings was the target of the military attack, and so is generally regarded as the authentic location, and we in the campaign strongly endorse it. Please note that St Peter's Square was NOT the location of Peterloo itself, just of the church after which St Peter's Fields was named. Also see our roll-over maps of the massacre location.
We'll also be participating in the much anticipated bicentenary events. To keep up with the very latest campaign news, join us on Facebook and Twitter. The Manchester Histories umbrella group Peterloo2019, will be organizing a host of 2019 commemoration events, visit them here for updates. We look forward to seeing you all in 2019!
In the meantime, you might like to explore our detailed list of the names of all those who we know were there at Peterloo, and to see if you have a link to them by name, location or occupation.
Several members of the campaign are currently finishing a verbatim graphic novel about the massacre. See here for more details.