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Peterloo Talk - Tuesday 16 August

Jonathan Schofield talks about an 1819 civil protest that…

Published on August 15th 2011.

Peterloo Talk - Tuesday 16 August

THIS WEEK marks the anniversary of Manchester’s day of destiny: Peterloo 16 August, 1819.

'Rise like lions after slumber, in unvanquishable number.’

So wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley after the ‘massacre in Manchester’ in 1819.

Jonathan Schofield will tomorrow evening be taking a serious and yet entertaining look at a day which defines British democracy.

The occasion was a mass meeting of Greater Mancunians looking for the respresentation in a patrician and restricted Parliament. 

The talk will discuss the circumstances and injustices which led up to the day. How the massacre developed, the people involved, and the role of cheese.  Yep cheese.

From John Edward Taylor, the first editor of the Guardian, via the radical weaver Samuel Bamford to the odious Joseph Nadin and a young member of the gentry, Hugh Hornby Birley; personalities and events will be analysed to attempt a true picture of what happened on 16 August 1819.

Equally importantly the talk will take a look at the consequences of Peterloo. What did it mean for the road to democracy in Britain? Was it always more of a symbol than a real catalyst for change? 

Finally, given the week we've just had in Manchester, can any comparisons be drawn between the Peterloo and 9 August, 2011? 

Booking required. £5 (£3 concessions). 6.30pm – 8pm. Please contact:  People’s History Museum Left Bank, Spinningfields Manchester M3 3ER. 0161 838 9190 info@phm.org.uk

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousAugust 19th 2011.

John Edward Prince, JS? Shirley you mean Mr Taylor.

Jonathan SchofieldAugust 19th 2011.

I do. Writing too fast.

Jonathan SchofieldAugust 19th 2011.

The editor formally called...er... Taylor

AnonymousAugust 19th 2011.

Ah yes, he called himself Prince of a weekend, as I recall, when he would wear cuban stacked heels and warble in falsetto, with two fancy dancing laydees as backing singers.

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