Peterloo 2019 Impact Report

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Peterloo 2019

Impact Report 2020


Peterloo 2019 : Impact Report

Peterloo 2019 : Impact Report


FOReword Manchester Histories is a growing and dynamic charity that works collaboratively with people, organisations, and partners to reveal, share and celebrate Greater Manchester's diverse histories and heritage. Manchester Histories works throughout the year delivering projects, training, exhibitions and events, facilitating networks and more with communities to recognise, explore and value histories. It also hosts the magnificent Manchester Histories Festival.

This report reflects on and highlights the activities of the Peterloo 2019 programme led by Manchester Histories. The programme gave people and cultural organisations the opportunity to take part, have a say, question, and to raise awareness of the Peterloo Massacre.

It explored our past histories and the world we live in today; to ensure we continue to strive for positive change for future generations and that events like the Peterloo Massacre are never forgotten.

Manchester Histories is incredibly proud of what has been achieved. Our thanks go to all of the people and partners who were involved; for their commitment, passion and determination to ensure a fitting and meaningful commemoration took place to mark such a significant event in all our histories. Karen Shannon

CEo Manchester Histories

People’s History Museum (PHM) has been incredibly proud to have been able to play a part in commemorating the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in 2019. Our amazing exhibition showcasing objects and collections, including original Peterloo artefacts, brought together for the very first time and a specially commissioned film talking about the importance and legacy of Peterloo has been incredibly special for the PHM team and audiences.

Our Protest Lab space has then brought the story up to date with protest objects, stories and campaigns focusing on ideas that people believe are still worth fighting for today. Working in partnership with Manchester Histories on the Peterloo Leaning Resources also leaves a great legacy to our joint collaboration, ensuring future generations have an awareness of the Peterloo Massacre; inspiring them to get involved with democracy locally, nationally and internationally. Katy Ashton

Director, People’s History Museum

The Peterloo 2019 programme was a real success! It reached and engaged with over one million people from across the world. Manchester City Council is proud to have been a key partner in this important commemoration. Manchester Histories led the programme with commitment, creativity and authenticity to ensure the story of the Peterloo Massacre has a continuing presence in Manchester’s cultural and political life. Councillor Luthfur Rahman

Executive Member for Skills, Culture & Leisure

I want to congratulate Manchester Histories on your years of sheer hard work that resulted in the extensive programme for Peterloo 2019 and the fabulous commemorative anniversary weekend. I have witnessed first-hand how much effort you have all put in and I want to pass on my thanks. You have orchestrated the creation of a meaningful legacy to history. Thank you. Peterloo Network Member


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INTRODUCTION Peterloo 2019 was a commemorative programme organised to mark the 200th anniversary of one of the most important episodes in the history of Manchester. The Peterloo Massacre is widely acknowledged as a significant event in the history of public protest, democracy, universal suffrage and representation and is a part of Manchester’s radical tradition. The regional and national significance of the anniversary of Peterloo presented an enormous opportunity to engage residents and reach wider audiences through arts, culture, history and heritage activities.

The Peterloo 2019 programme was underpinned by three central themes: Protest, Democracy, Freedom of Speech. It explored issues of contemporary relevance linked to the events 200 years ago, including democracy, political participation and citizenship. Peterloo 2019 was a ‘people’s project’. The programme was led by Manchester Histories, co-created and promoted over a four-year period by a wealth of cultural and community partners and a number of networks and steering groups to support successfully collaborative programming, partnerships and to inform decision-making. The collaborative efforts towards a fitting programme started in 2014, gained National Lottery Heritage funding support in 2017 with a development grant secured by Manchester Histories and People’s History Museum. A further National Lottery Heritage Fund award was made in 2018.

Manchester Central Library was the hub of Peterloo activity and played a pivotal role; launching the commemorations with Manchester Histories Festival in June 2019 and hosting a number of exhibitions, talks, and events, including four 'Guardian Live' debates, a photography exhibition by artist Red Saunders and People’s Landscapes by the National Trust. The wider programme featured over 180 exhibitions, talks, tours and debates which explored all aspects of this important event in Manchester’s history and helped audiences to understand the tragic event's contribution to the creation of democracy in the UK. Peterloo 2019 was a Greater Manchester wide programme, mirroring the significance of the story across the city region.


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CASE STUDIES Peterloo 2019 aimed to create a fitting commemoration as part of a once in a lifetime opportunity to mark this significant anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. The programme, special projects and engagement strategy were all designed to:

 Create a fitting, meaningful and high-profile response, that reflected the significance of the event 200 years ago

 Invoke the spirit of those who gathered in Peter’s Field in 1819 and respect and honour those that lost their lives

 Get to the truth of the events - with research and a review of the archives to understand Peterloo today and by building learning tools that act as a legacy for future generations

 Engage partners, residents, community groups and descendants in the co-creation of a programme that was inclusive and reflected the project values and themes of Protest, Democracy and Freedom of Speech

 Raise the profile of the Peterloo Massacre as a key historical event of local and national importance

 Challenge people to assess the health of democratic processes today

With funding support from the National Heritage Lottery Fund and others, Manchester Histories and partners delivered a number of key strands of work. The following case studies showcase these strands and the impact the work had on the people actively engaged in the Peterloo 2019 programme.

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AGE OF REVOLUTION Age of Revolution is a teaching resource developed by the University of Kent to share information and objects from the UK’s turbulent era of growth and expansion and its impact overseas between 1775 and 1848. A partnership project was established with University of Kent, Manchester Histories, People’s History Museum, and historian Professor Robert Poole, to support the production of learning materials and archive resources specific to the Peterloo Massacre. Four students from the University of Kent were selected to work with the Peterloo Ambassadors to help transcribe a vast body of Peterloo Eyewitness Accounts to be hosted as a searchable resource on the website. The students visited Manchester for a walking tour and tutorial with Robert Poole to underpin their knowledge of the Peterloo Massacre and other struggles for reform around this time.

They attended the Peterloo Ambassador Saturday workshop sessions to learn about the Eyewitness Accounts and the system of transcribing and uploading the accounts onto the Peterloo website. They continued to upload the accounts remotely.

The collaboration also enabled the production and distribution of a schools’ version of the innovative graphic novel Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre (Polyp, Schlunke and Poole).


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where the project took place:

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School Partners involved in the delivery of project: University of Kent

People’s History Museum

Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Robert Poole, University of Central Lancashire Main outcomes:

 Linked the University of Kent students to the Peterloo Ambassador team, uploading over 700 Eyewitness Testimonials as a permanent resource on

 Distribution of the schools’ version of the Peterloo Graphic Novel to over 370 schools across Greater Manchester

Key Learning:

The accounts were sometimes difficult to read and transcribe and the system of uploading was complex and time consuming. These issues were successfully resolved through the determination of the group and support of the digital team. The Ambassadors and students increased their learning about the Peterloo Massacre through accessing personal accounts. They experienced a deeper emotional response to the event through reading the distressing impact on the lives of ordinary people.

The Peterloo Eyewitness Accounts are a fantastic resource! I’m carrying out research for a project about the role of women at Peterloo and to be able to search both the names and status of people who were at the event has been a huge help. Eyewitness Account User

Legacy of project:

 The relationship between Age of Revolution and the People’s History Museum was extended through the emergence of shared interests around the ‘Disrupt Exhibition’ and an opportunity for the University of Kent to deliver a talk at PHM  Over 700 Eyewitness Accounts are now searchable online at

 The Peterloo Ambassadors were able to recite and share selected Eyewitness accounts at events at Manchester Cathedral and ‘From the Crowd’  A working relationship with the University of Kent was established with the potential for future collaborations


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ARTIVIST GM Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Greater Manchester Libraries & Archives, and Manchester Histories collaborated to deliver an exciting programme of artist residencies in archives across Greater Manchester. The project was designed to enable a dynamic relationship between a creative practitioner and an archivist in each Greater Manchester district that explored the importance of a creative archival process to develope a deeper understanding of how archives can be opened up to public engagement in new ways. The work took its inspiration from the Peterloo Massacre and the themes of Protest, Democracy and Freedom of Speech. where the project took place:

Across the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester Partners involved in the delivery of project:

Great Place, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Greater Manchester Libraries & Archives


Aziz Ibrahim – The Peterloo- Amritsar Massacre Parallel – Archives+ Manchester Central Library

Sally Gilford – Hannah Winbolt - Heritage & Archives Stockport Libraries Oliver Bishop – Time Travelled Question Time – Peterloo - Touchstone Rochdale

Powder Keg – To be continued - Trafford Local Studies, Sale, Altrincham and Stretford Libraries Al & Al - Allan Horsfall - Wigan Borough Council

Abigail Ward - Minutes of the Manchester and Salford Women’s Trades Union Council 1895-1919 - Working Class Movement Library Salford Claire Barber - Spinning wheels, muffins and hedges in repeat - Bolton Library & Museum Services Michael Lacey - Photographic collection, transport committees and boards from Centre predecessor authorities Tameside Local Studies & Archive

I was keen to create something that had a life beyond the project and inspire people to visit the archive, its empowering to see how archives can come to life through artistic practice, I would like to continue this process in similar projects in the future. Artist

Gang of Five - Live event as part of Thank Art series with models, music, drawing, spoken word performance, artist workshops - Bury Archives & Local History

Anne Louise Kershaw – Marjorie Lees and the Oldham Women’s’ Suffrage Society -Local Studies and Archives Oldham Council


Main outcomes:

 Three key learning and network sessions took place in Manchester Central Library to share ideas, knowledge and bring artists and archivists together for the first time  Ten pieces of new original art work were created in each of the ten local authorities  A video documenting the process of the project was produced by Belle Vue Productions Key Learning:

84 artists applied for commissions of £1K. This highlighted the interest by artists to be involved in bringing to life archives and collections.

Artists and archivists would have benefited from more open conversations at the beginning of the project to choose archives that inspired both parties. Artists supported archivists to connect with emotions in the archive, deepening their understanding of their importance.

Archivists had to give over control to the artists in a fluid process that was unfamiliar for archivists.

The project management of the programme took much longer than expected, initially in terms of the recruitment of artists, but also in the on-going support of artists who changed their ideas as the project progressed.

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Legacy of project:

 Artists created work that remain in the archives for future generation to enjoy and learn from

 Artists went on to do more project work with collections based on their experience of being involved in Artivist GM

 Aziz Ibrahim talked about his work at the British Textile Biennial Talks 2019: Sew What? which explored textiles as a vehicle for protest and cultural identity in installations, performances and art works that take a dynamic look at our relationship with that most basic and ancient of human creations, cloth

Made me think more broadly about the use of our archives. Attendance figures are dropping – so to have potential new audiences opened my eyes a bit to see how we could engage more with the public. Archivist


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BFI FILM ACADEMY The BFI Film Academy project worked in partnership with HOME. The outreach programme was aimed at 16–19 year old young people from across the region, reproducing HOME’s successful model to reach talented filmmakers and passionate film fans. The intensive two-month project covered practical film-making, film theory, programming, distribution and certification, with participants learning from industry professionals. Project activities were delivered over 21 individual days featuring workshops, talks and on-location film-making.

The final film entitled ‘FREESTYLE’ was screened at HOME to the young filmmakers, friends and family, and key partners from the Peterloo 2019 programme.

It inspired me to have the liberty to express myself. Participant of BFI Film Academy


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This film is genuinely incredible. Shot with realism but with a sprinkling of hope. Congratulations to all. What an amazing thing to be part of. Jason wood

Artistic Director of Film at HoME and Professor of Film at Manchester Metropolitan University

It inspired me to talk about and explore a cause. If our film helps others see the messages and themes we conveyed, we couldn’t be happier or inspired to do more. Participant of BFI Film Academy

where the project took place:

Key Learning:

Filmed on the streets of Manchester

on the ideas of the film themselves.

HOME, First Street, Manchester

Partners involved in the delivery of project: HOME, British Film Institute (BFI) Main outcomes:

 Training of 18 young people aged between 16 and 19 years old from across Greater Manchester to learn about the full process of making a short fictional film  Introducing and inspiring young people to be aware of and think about the themes of Peterloo, to consider how the themes Protest, Democracy and Freedom of Speech affect their lives today  Created a brand new short film that communicates the themes of Peterloo to new audiences in an innovative and creative way

 Building a stronger partnership with HOME and BFI Film Academy

It’s crucial young people decide the narrative and lead The Peterloo themes were not completely embedded in the project from the beginning by the filmmakers and it would have been beneficial for more

information about Peterloo to be shared and included in the marketing and promotion of the course. Legacy of project:

 The film was submitted to a variety of short film festivals and was shortlisted for several awards such as the ‘Best Film: 16-19’ at the London ‘2019 Into Film Awards’

 The film was included in exhibitions at People’s History Museum and also at the UK Parliament Exhibition in London

 The film was shown and introduced by some of the young people in the Peterloo 2019 network



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DEsCENDANTS Working in partnership with the Manchester Centre of Public History & Heritage, Department of History, Politics and Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University and independent film maker Mat Johns the Descendants project focused on the living descendants of individuals who were at Peterloo. It involved a number of activities, including:

Partners involved in the delivery of project:

 The production of a film about the Peterloo descendants

Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society

 Researching and identifying potential descendants of people who were at Peterloo

 An Outreach Activity Day in collaboration with Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society (MLFHS) to create a day of genealogy-focused activities at Manchester Central Library

 A public screening of the Peterloo Descendants film where the project took place: Manchester Central Library Archives+

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Woodhouse Spa, Lincolnshire

Bradshaw & Affetside, Bury/Bolton Ashton- Under-Lyne Hale Barnes

Number 70, Manchester BBC Radio 4

I saw the event advertised in the library and thought I’d like to learn more about the people of Peterloo. I wasn’t disappointed as I’ve learnt how to start to use and improve my genealogy skills and I now have a better understanding about copyright. I found the day to be interesting, informative and useful and am inspired to keep up my research and keep on learning. Trace Your Peterloo People event attendee

Manchester Centre of Public History & Heritage, Department of History, Politics and Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester Central Library Artists:

Mat Johns – Independent Film Maker

Judith Chan – Independent Film Maker

Jocelyn Whitmore – MA Student in Anthropology and Media Historians:

Michala Hulme – Genealogist and Presenter, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Robert Poole – University of Central Lancashire

Names of Groups/organisations involved: Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society

Many thanks to you both for the hospitality, organisation and kindness, I had a wonderful time, talked to so many amazing folk, and am only just coming down from all the aftermath. Did you see my bit in The Guardian on Saturday? A full page, no less!. Sue Stennett

Peterloo descendant


Main outcomes:

 Individuals established a link or gathered more evidence of a connection to their Peterloo relative  Created a unique film about Peterloo family connections

 Members of the public enabled to use Ancestry and My Family Tree software

 Peterloo descendants had the opportunity to read a name of the dead as part of the ‘From the Crowd’ 200th anniversary weekend. These included a relative of reformer Richard Carlile who flew in from USA; a relative of Edmund Dawson who was killed at Peterloo; a relative of the founder of The Guardian newspaper; a 95-year old descendant of a clockmaker from Rochdale. This was a very emotional experience for the descendants and was a poignant moment in the ceremony.  Through the ‘Trace Your Peterloo People’ event, complete beginners started their own family research  Engaged the public in learning more about Peterloo by organising press and media interviews with descendants

 Discovered stories and interviewed individuals representing all ‘sides’ of the Peterloo story – those who attended as poor members of the working class, as well as journalists, reformers, militia and magistrates  A placement for an MA student who helped capture film and photography during the descendant interviews, and who was able to further her own academic research and produce a photographic portfolio

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Key Learning:

Interviewing descendants for the film illustrated that everyone’s story is uniquely interesting, and that family research brings an emotional response to historic events through a sense of personal connection. Encouraging press interest in the descendants’ personal journeys of discovery, meant the Peterloo story reached new audiences.

Establishing the Peterloo diaspora is geographically huge, from Australia, Europe, USA and throughout all regions of the UK. Legacy of project:

 The collaboration with Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society was extremely positive and both partners are keen to work together on future projects

 The 30-minute Peterloo Descendants film is hosted on the peterloo1819 website and Manchester Histories Youtube channel for all to view

 The production of the only film of its kind relating to Peterloo that is therefore a unique snapshot in time of Peterloo family connections and a totally one-off resource


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PETERLOO 2019 LEARNING RESOURCES One of the key aims of the Peterloo Learning Resources was to give young people the opportunity to connect with their heritage, explore and understand the legacy of the Peterloo Massacre and examine its significance to them and their lives today. A further ambition was to foster in young people a greater understanding and connectivity to politics, and their role as active citizens. The Learning Resources were mapped to the National Curriculum and are flexible enough to be delivered as part of mainstream subjects and by non-subject specialists.

The Learning Resources were co-designed with The People’s History Museum, Historic England in collaboration with The Politics Project, schools, teachers and young people from across Greater Manchester.

A core learning tool created for the resources was an animation created with Salford and Moss Side Girls projects from RECLAIM, who shortlisted, commissioned and then worked with animators Triple Dot Makers, to retell the story of the Peterloo Massacre through an animation that links it to issues young people care about and are facing today.

where the project took place: People’s History Museum

Manchester Central Library

Falinge Park High School, Rochdale

St Thomas Werneth Primary School, Oldham Gallery Oldham

RECLAIM, Ancoats. Partners involved in the delivery of project: People’s History Museum Historic England

UK Parliament Education The Politics Project Artists:

Tripe Dot Makers: Annie Woodson, Jim Dawson, Anna Mayall Names of Groups/schools/organisations involved:

It was enjoyable and important to expose pupils to their heritage of protest and change. Personally it was nice to focus on the local heritage of change thinking about how Peterloo had been part of a History of change makers within Rochdale and the wider local area, using those examples of how young people can make a change. Some of the current Year 10s remember the lessons and have used the techniques to consider their own campaign for GCSE. It was a chance for pupils to be exposed to the idea that they come from a history of change that it's not just something that happens elsewhere in the world. Maddie Fitzpatrick

Head of Citizenship at Falinge Park High School, Rochdale


The Politics Project

St Thomas Werneth Primary School, years 5 and 6 Falinge Park High School, Rochdale, years 8 and 9 (History and Citizenship class)

A steering group of teachers representing schools from across GM (including those name above) Stanley Grove Primary Academy, Manchester Manchester Secondary PRU, Manchester Claremont Primary School, Manchester All Saints Catholic College, Tameside

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Trafford St Ambrose Barlow RC High School, Salford Christ the King RC Primary School, Salford St Mary’s High School, Wigan

Kingsway Park Primary, Manchester


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Main outcomes:

Key Learning:

 Young People involved now have a better understanding of the significance of the Peterloo Massacre as one of the core milestones on the long road of reform, a story that inspired them to get involved with democracy locally, nationally or internationally, helping them see how they can personally make a difference

Working alongside local teachers and students really helped to shape the resources. This ensured that they were fit for purpose for both subject and non-subject specialists and flexible enough to be adapted by teachers based upon their own interests and capacity to teach Peterloo to young people.

 Developed and delivered a package of learning resources that offer young people from across each borough in Greater Manchester and the UK more widely the opportunity to understand the background to the Peterloo Massacre and its consequences for Manchester and the wider world

 Co-created content, working with and led by young people, supported by leading practitioners alongside emerging creatives and community participants

 Engaged with schools, students, teachers, and an organisation working with young people to both inform and shape the package of resources created

 Engaged with partners with national portfolios to ensure the resources are promoted throughout the UK as well as across Greater Manchester

Many of the young people involved in the animation project had not heard about Peterloo before, nor had they created animations or visited the Peoples History Museum. The project was a very positive learning experience for them. It built their confidence, selfesteem and animation abilities, and taught them about their own histories and heritage.

The project benefited from a long development phase which greatly assisted partnership building, and enabled authentic interaction with young people and teachers. This facilitated the creation of learning resources that are flexible, honest and relatable to the world we live in today.

Knowledge of the Peterloo Massacre was low amongst both adults and young people across Greater Manchester prior to this project. Producing this package of learning resources will act as a legacy for the project to further raise historical awareness of the Peterloo Massacre, beyond the project’s end. Legacy of project:

Peterloo is our working-class ancestors fighting for the rights we have now, that’s what it means to me, it means them dying for the rights we have now. Young Person from RECLAIM

 The resources act as a legacy of the project. They are freely available to all teachers and students across Greater Manchester via the website

 Young people from RECLAIM went on to work at Manchester International Festival with Triple Dot Makers on a commission completely independent to the project and they continue to visit The People’s History Museum


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PETERLOO AMBASSADORS In November 2018, Manchester Histories put out an ‘open call’ through our social media channels, BBC radio interviews, press releases, online website and through our network of community partners to recruit 30 Peterloo Ambassadors. The aim of this initiative was to offer meaningful opportunities for volunteers (‘ambassadors’) to engage with the history and heritage of the Peterloo Massacre and to actively seek ways to support volunteers with personal and professional development through opportunities to learn new skills, participate and shape project delivery.

The programme was delivered over an eight-month period, from January to September 2019, and offered a wide range of skills development, research and creative activity opportunities, plus social events. Activities included walking and archive tours, diversity and accessibility training, training in Manchester Histories existing suite of heritage toolkits (oral history, evaluation, archive research), event management and first aid training.

The ambassadors also had an opportunity to make direct contributions to content for the wider programme of commemorative activity and archive material, through sessions focused on the Eyewitness Accounts for the Peterloo 2019 website, and the high profile interactive performance piece, ‘From the Crowd’ on 16th August 2019.

where the project took place:

Training programme took place at:

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School John Rylands Library

Walking tours in Manchester City Centre Walking tours in Stockport City Centre Peoples History Museum

Working Class Movement Library

I have found volunteering to be a very rewarding experience... I'm very keen to do more thanks to Manchester Histories. Peterloo Ambassador


I enjoyed manning the desk in the library... it gave me an opportunity to chat with a wide range of the public, both local and visitors from the UK and abroad... helping them with a greater understanding about Peterloo and its circumstances. Peterloo Ambassador

Peterloo event delivery took place at: Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Convention Complex Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Craft and Design Centre Oldham Parliament Square Manchester Cathedral

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Seeing my own collaboration shown in so many locations to so many people is certainly inspiring and proves what can be achieved when "ordinary people" get / work together. Peterloo Ambassador

Key learning:

Activities shaped and planned by volunteers themselves were the best attended, reinforcing that co-designed training is more meaningful and relevant to the people taking part.

Ambassadors enjoyed sharing their knowledge and experiences with others. One of the most popular roles was talking to a variety of visitors coming to learn about Peterloo 2019 at the information desk in Manchester Central Library. This interaction grew the confidence of many of the Ambassadors who don’t ordinarily have a public facing role.

Partners involved in the delivery of project:

Some activities may have benefited from greater clarification of purpose; such as the uploading of the Eyewitness Accounts to the Peterloo website.

University of Manchester (Equalities training)

Legacy of project:

Manchester Metropolitan University (Training Venue) Streetwise Opera Stockport Library

Working Class Movement Library

Professor Robert Poole, University of Central Lancashire Main outcomes:

 A total of 37 ambassadors inducted and 30 ambassadors completed the programme  Ambassadors took part in 24 training and check-in sessions

 1,976 hours in total of volunteer ambassador training and catch-up sessions

 Provided an enjoyable, meaningful, values-led experience for all of the Peterloo Ambassadors rooted in the Spirit of Peterloo

 The majority of the Peterloo Ambassadors are very keen to continue working with Manchester Histories on future projects. The Ambassadors are meeting with the Manchester Histories team to shape a new programme of activity to continue their professional development in history and strengthen their enjoyment of culture and heritage

 Individual ambassadors have continued to work on projects developed as a result of their involvement. These include walking tours, connecting to other festivals such as Manchester Folk Festival, performances and volunteering in Archives+ at Manchester Central Library  Over time the group became very supportive of one another, new friendships flourished, and people met outside of the planned activity, enabling people to continue to connect with each other through their interest in histories & heritage


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PROTEST MUSIC Working in partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), The project brought together a community of Manchesterbased creative artists including; MC Fox, Che3kz, performers from arts and homelessness charity Streetwise Opera, producer Mandy Wigby, RNCM students and the Ignition Orchestra, led by Katie Chatburn, to create brand new, original protest music. Protest Music enabled talented local artists, singers and music students from different backgrounds, to learn more about the Peterloo Massacre and explore contemporary social issues within the context of the Peterloo 2019 themes of Protest, Democracy and Freedom of Speech.

The community of artists worked together over several days to create the performance. Their experience of the project was overwhelmingly positive, bringing together such a diverse collection of artists, students and performers was a challenge, but all involved pulled together to deliver two performances of Protest Music in the main theatre at RNCM on Saturday 6 July 2019.

The atmosphere at both performances was electric due to the talent of the performers and the teams supporting them. Audiences responded in a positive way with the vast majority rating the event as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’. The subject matter was very moving and powerful and many people after the performance commented that they had been moved to tears.


❝ where the project took place:

Royal Northern College of Music,

Manchester Art Gallery (Streetwise Opera rehearsals) Partners involved in the delivery of project: Royal Northern College of Music Streetwise Opera

Streetwise Opera: Marigold Hughes, Sarah Atter, Jonathan Ainscough, Jenny Carson, Gareth Smith

Creative Facilitator and Sound Artist: Mandy Wigby (aka Architects of Rosslyn)

Thanks for this project, it was really inspiring and encouraging. I have thought a lot since the concert. As a student I wish there are more projects like this to help us be not only a better musician but a better person! It is very easy to feel lost and uninspired sometimes studying for a competitive and niche industry. This kind of project made me felt valuable to the society and other people. Without meaning music is just sound, and the meaning to audiences is just as important as it is to the performers. Sincerely hope I can participate in more projects like this in the future. Thanks again for having me. RNCM

Manchester MCs: MC Fox and Che3kz

Ignition Orchestra: Conductor/arranger Katie Chatburn


Participant, Musician


RNCM Singer / Songwriters Musicians: Paige Kennedy, Zigi Porter, Katie Ritson, Isobel Pinder, Charlotte Marlow, Jacob Maguire, Corben Lamb, Ben Truman, George Farrar, Nate Chivers

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Names of Groups/organisations involved: Streetwise Opera RNCM

Ignition Orchestra

Reclaim (Peterloo animation)

Manchester Art Gallery (Streetwise rehearsal space)


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Main outcomes:

 The bringing together of over 79 musicians, singers and songwriters who said they could never have imagined collaborating and creating new work with artists from such different creative backgrounds

 Linking the historical themes of protest, democracy and freedom with contemporary issues affecting the lives of people today

 The creation of 12 new, unique and completely original songs

 Performing to an audience who arrived having no idea what to expect from the performance and who left having given a standing ovation

 Changing audience and performer perceptions; an 80-year old audience member who said she had never understood rap music before and was now completely engaged; the classical musician who wanted to become actively involved in supporting homeless groups after working with Streetwise Opera Key Learning:

All the artists involved had never worked on such an ambitious project before in terms of collaborating with musicians from a very wide range of disciplines. They learned an enormous amount about each other’s practice and really challenged themselves creatively.

Most members of the group had little or no knowledge of the Peterloo Massacre, or fully appreciated the significant role ballads and music played historically, particularly during times of social unrest. All involved, including the delivery team, had an increased knowledge of Peterloo and could draw parallels with contemporary issues. Some audience members were attracted to the event by the particular artists they were interested in e.g. Streetwise Opera, the MCs.

Audiences learned more about different music styles, understood the positive impact of creative collaboration and the power of protest music.

Legacy of project:

 The collaboration between partners was so successful that the possibility of future partnership working was increased

 Twelve new and unique protest songs have been written and performed

 A short film created by RNCM staff tracing the rehearsal and progress of the project is hosted on and RNCMs websites and Manchester Histories Youtube channels

 Some of the musicians involved in the project have continued their collaboration, working together to create new music and perform together.

Participating in Protest Music was a total joy. The Streetwise Opera performers in Manchester are very proud citizens of their city, and the project felt like an excellent opportunity for them to dive into a key moment in Manchester’s history, in a way that felt both deeply creative and highly informative. From an organisational perspective, it was the first time that we had worked with Manchester Histories; they brought a real level of historical depth to the project (augmented by an excellent talk from Historian Robert Poole) and deftly brought multiple partners together to commemorate the Peterloo bicentennial anniversary with heart, power and skill. We are very thankful to have been invited to take part in the project, and we would love to work with them again. Marigold Hughes

Head of Programme, Streetwise opera


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I found the performances very powerful. The stream of gifted, engaged young voices calling for a fairer society was very affecting. To see the Gallery used as a social space with active participation was a joy. Emma Carroll

Senior Learning Manager Schools and Colleges Manchester City Galleries

Radical Read explored young people’s involvement in peaceful protest over the last 200 years. The project was conceived by Read Manchester, Manchester City Council and led by Manchester Histories. Radical Read developed and delivered 15 themed Learning Resources available on the Peterloo website. The resources are free to use for schools and community groups, and anyone with an interest in how ‘peaceful protest’ has made a difference to young people's lives.

Through Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage fund, Radical Read also delivered six young people’s creative projects that explored the themes of ‘peaceful protest’, alongside artists, cultural organisations and with support from historians. This culminated in a specular celebratory event at Manchester Art Gallery; bringing young people together to perform, connect and inspire others.

Being involved in Radical Read has helped me to express my opinions. Student from Loreto High School

where the project took place: Across Manchester City.

Celebration Event: 3rd July 2019, Manchester Art Gallery. Partners involved in the delivery of project: Read Manchester, Manchester City Council, Manchester Histories, British Council, Unison. Resource Pack Steering Group:

Dr Daniel Edmonds, Loreto High School, Manchester Secondary PRU, Young Identity, Spark Lab, Unite in Schools, Comma Press, Youth Focus North West, Louise Wallwein, Royal Exchange Theatre, Contact, The Writing Squad.


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I have really enjoyed it. I can't believe I was able to write a poem and say in front of all those people. The project is very powerful; my granddad is very proud. Christiana

Manchester Secondary PRU


Young Identity

Contact Creative Experts Sally Gilford

Yussuf Mrabty Z-Arts

Hebe Purple

Louise Wallwein Hot Bed Press Spearfish

Thomas Byrne

Imagine Design Main outcomes:

 Production of 15 learning resources, inspired by Peterloo and exploring young people’s involvement in protest over the last 200 years

 Radical Read raised awareness of the Peterloo Massacre with young people, many of whom had no previous knowledge of the event

 The project encouraged young people to read more, by examining historic and current texts, accounts and stories from protests involving young people

 Produced a creative celebration event bringing over 100 young people together from across Manchester to explore protest and their role to bring about future change at Manchester City Art Gallery

 A creative writing competition in Manchester led to the publication of The Peterloo Anthology. A beautifully illustrated book telling poignant stories of Peterloo from a young person's perspective

Key learning:

Many of the young people had not heard of the Peterloo Massacre or some of the other peaceful protests included in the pack. The project enabled young people to explore new insights into these key historical events.

The event planning, support of young people to take part, and delivery for the celebration event was very time-consuming. It would have benefited from more capacity and time from key staff and partners leading up to the event and on the day. The distribution of the learning resources would have benefited from more capacity and budget to enable them to reach a wider audience after the project came to an end.

Legacy of project:

 Radical Read is available free online on the Peterloo website – for schools and others to download and use

 Manchester schools have been provided with a box of books to support their learning and development in using Radical Read

 Groups working on the project have produced an anthology of short stories about Peterloo, written by young people in Manchester and illustrated by pupils from Loreto High School

 The British Council has taken 8 of the 15 themed packs and published them on their own learning portal so they can be shared internationally


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SOAPBOX Manchester Histories Soapbox was piloted, designed and constructed by architect students from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester and supported by Laing O’Rourke as part of Manchester Histories Festival 2018. Giving people the chance to step up onto the hustings and have their say. Following the success of this pilot, a more in-depth public engagement project with young people was delivered to encourage young people to have a voice and to explore the impact of the Peterloo Massacre.

Artists from Young Identity were commissioned to work with three youth groups in Oldham to produce new work for Soapbox.

Each group had the opportunity to meet historian Professor Robert Poole, explore digital archives and discuss the historical events of the Peterloo Massacre. After an eight-week programme of engagement all the young people came together to perform on Soapbox at an outdoor event in Parliament Square Oldham. Soapbox also showcased at the King Street Festival, June 2019; Clean Air Day, The Northern Quarter Residents Forum, Stevenson Square, Manchester, June 2019; and HOME Manchester as part of the Peterloo Anniversary weekend August 2019. Over 500 audience members watched local performers get up and have their say around the theme of the Peterloo 2019 programme.

where the project took place:

Parliament Square Oldham; King Street Festival; ‘Clean Air Day’ Northern Quarter Manchester; HOME Manchester. Partners involved in the delivery of project:

Oldham Council Arts Development Team, Mahdlo Youth Zone, Oldham Youth Council, Young Identity Artists:

Young Identity: Nicole May and Roma Havers.

Young Identity are a Manchester-based collective of young spoken word artists, musicians, actors, Rappers/MC's. They deliver dynamic poetry and spoken word workshops for young people. Names of Groups/organisations involved: Oldham Youth Council

Making Trails, Oldham Theatre Workshop Mahdlo Youth Zone Oldham


It’s been fantastic to see so many creative young people showing off their talents. The quality of the performances and the confidence with which everyone performed is a testament to the incredible amount of hard work and passion these young people put into their craft. I want say a huge thank you to Manchester Histories for putting on a great show and providing a platform for our young people in Oldham to celebrate democracy and freedom of speech through the arts. Steve Beal

Arts Coordinator at Mahdlo Youth Zone

Main outcomes:

 Delivered a project linking historical research and engagement practices alongside creative writing and spoken word with young people

 Co-created content, led by leading practitioners, alongside emerging creatives and community participants  Provided rich performance opportunities for the local residents of Oldham to engage with

 Supported local talent development for emerging practitioners and young people

 Supported other festival and events encouraging people to have their say

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It was great to learn about Peterloo and having Soapbox in Oldham was a great way to express how we as young people feel today about democracy; we were making history. Very powerful. Young Person

oldham Theatre workshop

Key learning:

Many of the young people involved had not performed in public before. This was a very positive learning experience for them. It built their confidence, self-esteem and helped to raise their profile in their local area as new emerging performers.

Putting on an outdoor performance in a well-known public space increased Oldham’s cultural offer over the summer, attracted new audiences, and had positive impact on local businesses. The project could have benefited from a longer development phase. As people’s time was very limited due to temporary contracts and workloads, it was difficult to find meaningful planning time. Legacy of project:

 Soapbox has now got a new home with Global Grooves, an arts organisation based in the North West who will continue to encourage people to get up and have their say


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How people can achieve a beautiful piece of work in a relatively short space of time. How much a group that looks so diverse on paper can get together and create an event as memorable as this event was. Peterloo Laurel

FROM THE CROWD It was felt important that the day of the 200th anniversary of Peterloo should be marked in a significant way. Manchester City Council commissioned Manchester Histories in partnership with Brighter Sound and Walk the Plank to work with artists and local people to develop an outdoor artistic production honouring the day the Peterloo Massacre took place. The partnership was further supported by funding from Arts Council England. Manchester Histories led the co-ordination and promotion of ‘From the Crowd’. Creative Director Evie Manning (Common Wealth Theatre) developed the innovative concept of turning the crowd into the performers, which was further brought to life by the creative team through set design, costume, lighting and the use of digital screens so they would be supported in reciting and responding to a ‘crowd sourced’ script. Music Director Robin Richards (Dutch Uncles) created a series of musical commissions and accompaniments which helped to direct the mood

and tempo of the crowds and performers, as well as echo the content of the historic and contemporary campaigns of the script.

91 volunteer performers were recruited, who took on the persona of ‘The Laurels’. Echoing the group leaders of protestors marching into Manchester, The Laurels guided sections of the crowd in their participation, carrying staffs of laurel leaves, just as the march leaders had worn laurel leaves on the day.


❝ A section of the day entitled ‘Rebel Karaoke’ provided a platform for hundreds of people to take to the stage outside Manchester Central to perform. These included Streetwise Opera and Commoners Choirs, performer poets and artists such as Aziz Ibrahim and Cheetham Hill Poet.

At 1.30pm, the time of the massacre 200 years ago, a poignant moment was marked by a powerful poem written and performed by one of the city's most exciting up-and-coming poets, Jardel Rodrigues. His piece introduced the ‘Reading of the Names’ of the dead and a digital screen takeover across the city centre at 1.30 pm to help to amplify the moment.

Those invited to take part in this solemn and moving part of the event included, film directors Danny Boyle and Mike Leigh, Peterloo Ambassadors, the Mayor of Manchester, representatives of the Peterloo Memorial Campaign Group and several Peterloo descendants including one whose relative died in the massacre and another who travelled from USA to take part. ‘From the Crowd’ was an ambitious project, with partners and artists testing out new formats for engagement and artistically commemorating historical moments.

Reactions from audiences and participants were emotive, positive, communal, active and hopeful. The event inspired people to be more active politically, socially and environmentally. It changed people’s opinions, reducing judgement and increasing empathy.

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It was very beautiful to see a kind of commemoration that was not just something that you stood and watched but where people were encouraged to join in, to speak parts of it. There was a great spokenword guy - Jardel Rodregues, he was excellent, really good. And there was a girl, Olivia [McFadden] who read one of the names and at the mayor’s speeches. She did a story of a woman, who her and her child were killed, and she was brilliant - absolutely brilliant. It was a privilege to be part of it and to read one of the names. I read the name of Joseph Whitworth from Hyde who was 19 and was shot by infantry at New Cross on August the 18th... Danny Boyle

Participant in the Reading of the Names, Film Director and Patron of HoME in an interview with the Manchester Evening News

Participants felt they were genuinely valued. They made new friends, learned new skills, and are keen to volunteer more in the future.

‘From the Crowd’ was also a project of divides and was not to everyone’s taste. Though the negative voices were strong, they were in the minority. Some who had joined or attended with an interest in history felt it was not historical enough, though most saw the subtleties and nuances of the historical references, appreciating the connection with contemporary issues locally and globally.


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FROM THE CROWD Lead Artists:

Evie Manning – Creative Director

Robin Richards – Lead Composer Brendan Williams – Composer Katie Chatburn – Composer

MC Zani & The Beatbox Collective Oliver Vibrans – Composer

Maria Álvarez – Digital Screens Elisa Morais – Digital Screens

Lae Carbon-Wilson – Assistant Director

Roma Havers – Script Editor



‘From the Crowd’ script written by and with Mia Purtill, Monument to Discrimination Group, Mark Todd, Dennis Queen, Ali Briggs, These Walls Must Fall, Greater Manchester Housing Action, The Public Meeting, Kate Feld, Invisible Cities, Danny Collins, Alec Lopez, Giovanni Bagioli, Pat Clinton, Young Identity and Eyewitness Accounts from Peterloo compiled by the Peterloo Ambassadors. Digital Screens:

Sois de Traca filmmaker’s collective, North West Film Archive

Greenaway & Greenaway


❝ What surprised me was how much fun the rehearsal process can be. What an opportunity performance can provide for meeting new people. How rewarding taking part in a big event can be. How much effort an organisation is involved in holding such a varied and large scale event. What considerations need to be made when dealing with large groups of the public with a whole range of backgrounds and opinions. How determined the public are to attend important events like this despite the terrible weather! How moving it can be to see people working together with the same aim. How authentically issues were represented (produced and spoken by members of various different groups). Participant

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The project has inspired people to find out more about Peterloo; volunteer more / again; join a political party; cherish the memory; research their family background; continue new found friendships; participate in more history / arts activities; campaign; see current issues in a longer historical / political context; learning British Sign Language; have better resources for teaching Peterloo in school; collaborate more. Sally Fort

Evaluation Consultant for ‘From the Crowd’


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AUDIENCES Reaching new audiences was an important part of the programme. The aim was to deliver engaging and relational content through the Peterloo 2019 website and social media to ensure more people were aware of and took part in the programme. Manchester Histories worked with Fido PR to release all the key press releases for the programme, and set up a Marketing & Communications steering group consisting of officers from Manchester City Council, Manchester Central, and Marketing Manchester to promote and profile work. Manchester Histories and Fido PR established good working relationships with key media partners including The Guardian, BBC Radio Manchester, MEN, BBC North West Tonight, Granada Reports, BBC Radio 4, Channel Four News, and local stations such as Manchester TV and ALL FM to ensure the story of Peterloo reached different audiences.

A digital marketing campaign was delivered to ensure the story of Peterloo reached a wide variety of different audiences.

This included a number of key channels:


The Peterloo website was the lynchpin of the marketing campaign and traffic was directed to the wealth of content on the site including the 180+ events, timelines, interactive, Eyewitness Accounts, victims maps and resources.

Social Media

Using Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to post regular content, we engaged audiences in the Peterloo story. On Friday 16 August we led a Twitter Moment campaign, which told the story of Peterloo as it happened on the day, through a series of posts, this engaged thousands and helped enable the #Peterloo2019 hashtag to trend.


I just wanted to get in touch to say how much I enjoyed ‘From the Crowd’. You’ve done such a fantastic job with the whole Peterloo programme, but I was very impressed with the spirit of participation that ran through Friday, and the way that you elevated the voices of the solo speakers and handed the platform to them. I hope you’re all very proud of what you’ve achieved. Emma Richmond


A monthly e-news was sent out to a quickly expanding database, with regular communications sent to the Peterloo Network, an audience cultivated over the last 4 years, through ongoing involvement in the campaign.


Video became an important channel for telling the Peterloo story and we worked with Marketing Manchester to script and produce a brand new film promoting Manchester as a radical city and leading tourist destination.

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The partnership with The Guardian included an in-kind online advertising campaign worth £20,000. From June - August we carried out three homepage takeovers (Friday 6 August, 12 & 29 July, 5 August), banner advertising for six Peterloo 2019 events and 3 pieces of editorial were published online.

On the 16 August 2019 there was a significant feature in the printed publication on the anniversary commemorations, From the Crowd. To help market From the Crowd we worked closely with Manchester City Council’s design agency MFour, to secure digital screens across the city. This helped us to reach a wide audience with key screens including Princess Parkway.

Visual Identity

The development of the Peterloo visual identity involved over 120 people – from our public and cultural steering groups across Greater Manchester that creatively steered, reviewed, shortlisted and chose the final logo and identity. The visual identity of Peterloo was then shared with all partners and communities participating in the programme or hosting their own events to ensure Peterloo had an identity that people recognised and felt part of.


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Protest Music Saturday 6th July

Royal Northern College of Music



where the project took place:

Main outcomes:

Partners involved in the delivery of the project:

 Using the visual identity produced by the Peterloo Network created a strong brand identity which could be seen right across Greater Manchester

The digital marketing campaign took place online, whilst the programme of events was held from June August 2019 in Manchester Central Library with other partner events taking place across Greater Manchester.

Fido PR, Dinosaur (Website development), Marketing Manchester, The Guardian, BBC Radio Manchester, Manchester City Council, Manchester Evening News, Manchester Central Complex. Artists:

David Caunce (Imagine) – Graphic Design M-Four Design – Graphic Design

Names of groups / organisations involved: Manchester City Council

Peterloo Network Group Marketing Manchester

UK Parliament

 Delivered a digital marketing campaign across multiple digital platforms, reaching thousands using a very limited budget

 Doubled the number of Instagram followers between January to August through posting regular content and utilising Instagram stories to share partner events and activities related to Peterloo  Led a Twitter Moment campaign on Friday 16 August, which told the story of Peterloo as it happened on the day, through a series of posts. This engaged thousands and helped enable the #Peterloo2019 hashtag to trend

 Created a platform for digital audiences to explore the 180+ events taking place across the region

 Created a digital footprint for Peterloo 2019 with over 300 pieces of online content generated

 Increased visitors to the library and other venues, through a series of sold out events and activities


Key learning:

Working with such a rich variety of partners enabled the digital marketing campaign to reach a wide ranging audience, nationally and internationally.

Involving community groups in the visual identity for the campaign meant that people recognised and valued the brand and felt a part of it.

The marketing meetings with the partners often felt rushed due to workloads and could have benefited from more involvement from some organisations earlier on in the planning phase. Legacy of project:

 Working with such a wide range of partners across Greater Manchester and nationally has created new pathways for future projects

 The marketing campaign has created a huge digital footprint with hundreds of pieces of content now readily available online, helping to propel the story of Peterloo and increase engagement Digital Engagement:

Spikes in website visits were noticeable on Thu 6 June (Peterloo Launch, 481 visits) and Friday 16 August (From The Crowd, 2,987 visits).

When referred to the site from a social media platform, Facebook brought the highest volume of traffic, with 70% of visitors. The top traffic referral sites include: (40%) (10%) (8%) (5%)

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Ticket sales at Manchester Central Library events from June – August 2019: June






Guardian tracking links:

5 Jun - 17 August Banner Advert 575,535 impressions / 1,705 clicks 6 June Culture Takeover 151,218 impressions / 260 clicks 12 July Culture Takeover 1,372 impressions / 4 clicks

Twitter Moment:



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PETERLOO WEBSITE The aim of the Peterloo 2019 website was to develop and deliver engaging and relational digital information to make the history and legacy of Peterloo easily accessible. Using rich, interactive media and a collaborative web platform, the site showed how the history of Peterloo, its legacy and the movement that led to it are not only part of the rich history of democracy, but how it has relevance to contemporary society. The website included some key elements:


The 360° interactive section is the main way of telling the story of the day. People can switch between a number of different views to get a real feeling for how events unfolded throughout the day and explore individual topics in greater depth using an ‘explore’ mode.


The timeline section contains between 90 and 150 data points, grouped into 3 ‘views’:

 Long view: from the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to Brexit

 Post Napoleon - Post-war unrest: 1815 to 1822

 16 Aug 1819: a detailed timeline of events surrounding the massacre and the day itself


The purpose of this site section promoted and profiled the many events surrounding the 200th anniversary, including the Manchester Histories programme, key cultural organisations and a myriad of smaller community events.


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Digital Archive

This collection consists of some of the key archives and objects relating to the Peterloo Massacre held by archives and museums across Greater Manchester. It was created thanks to funding from The National Archives which enabled us to work with Archivist Kevin Bolton and web developer Omid Kashan to bring together Peterloo artefacts online in a single resource for the first time.

Eyewitness Accounts

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Peterloo the Peterloo Ambassadors worked in partnership with Professor Robert Poole (University of Central Lancashire) and the Age of Revolution, University of Kent to compile the 400+ eyewitness accounts which include press reports and petitions. This is the first time the original accounts have been compiled on an online archive. The website enables visitors to search by name, place and role and learn more about the eyewitness accounts from 1819.

Victims Map

Manchester Histories worked in partnership with Dr. Katrina Navickas (University of Hertfordshire) and Prof Robert Poole (University of Central Lancashire) to produce original research which maps the victims, casualties, witnesses, authorities and those detained following the Peterloo Massacre. Using data compiled from Peter Castree at the Peterloo Memorial Campaign the names and addresses have been applied onto an 1824 map of Greater Manchester highlighting where those who were involved came from.

where the project took place:

Online via the Peterloo website – Partners involved in the delivery of the project Dinosaur – website design agency Neil Millington – 3D Designer Omid Kashan – Developer

Andrew Flannery – Developer

Professor Robert Poole – Peterloo Historian David Caunce – Designer

Dr. Shirin Hirsch – Researcher

Dr. Katrina Navickas – Historian Kevin Bolton – Archivist Artists:

Neil Millington – 3D Designer

David Caunce – Graphic Designer Names of groups / organisations involved Peterloo 2019 Network Group


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 Delivery of a new website which compiled historical research onto a single online platform to tell the story of Peterloo  The creation of 3D interactive images which told the story of Peterloo for an online audience for the first time

 A new digital archive produced by an archivist and developer which compiles original artefacts from multiple websites  Provided opportunities for organisations and individuals from across the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs to submit their Peterloo events

 Created a platform for digital audiences to explore the 180+ events taking place across the region

 Curated content for three historical timelines looking at the historic events which took place before and after Peterloo

 Supported the Age of Revolution students to research and compile the 400+ eEyewitness Accounts

 Created an online legacy for the Peterloo 2019 commemorations

Manchester Histories digital marketing campaign was engaging and far-reaching, driving audiences and engaging people with the story. Manchester City Council was able to connect to the key messages and compliment the Peterloo campaign. We were delighted to link people to the Peterloo 2019 website which provided a comprehensive landing point for anyone interested in taking part, attending events or wanting to connect to the story of Peterloo. The team should be congratulated on their efforts and in particular the inclusive way the campaign unfurled over the 3 month long commemoration - highlighting the wealth of partners and diversity of the programme. Sarah Elderkin

Principal Policy officer, City Policy, Manchester City Council

(continued) Key learning:

The project could have benefited from a longer testing phase with a larger test bed. As people’s time was very limited it was difficult to find more than a handful of people to test and feedback and this was done very quickly.

Working with a 3D Designer and Historian helped bring the Peterloo story to life through rich visuals, which enable digital audiences to really engage with the Peterloo story.

There was a huge response to the open call for events, with a wide variety of applications. Moving the submissions from the staging site to the live site was a long and complex process and had to be done in a short space of time. Legacy of project:

 The website became a popular resource for audiences looking for things to do during the Peterloo 2019 programme. The interactive storytelling was picked up by BBC News and it was featured on their 6pm programme in August 2019  The website will continue to be a living archive for the 2019 commemorations and will be managed by Manchester Histories for the next 5 years website reach: March – August 2019:  45,850 visits

 Over 138,000 pages viewed

 91% of visitors are from the UK, 4% from the USA

 46% used a mobile device to visit the site  32% were direct visitors to the site

When referred to the site from a social media platform, Facebook brought the highest volume of traffic, with 70% of visitors.

The Homepage had the highest volume of traffic (18%) followed by From The Crowd (9%) and the Peterloo Anniversary page (8%).

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We were very proud that Manchester Central Library was the hub for Peterloo 2019. It was great to be the flagship venue for the commemorations. The library was full of high-quality display material and exhibitions, which drew in thousands of people from across the country to Central Library. Philip Cooke

Citywide Services Manager (Reform) Libraries, Galleries and Culture Neighbourhoods Directorate Manchester City Council

PETERLOO PROGRAMME MANCHESTER CENTRAL Library Manchester’s flagship Central Library was the perfect location for the Peterloo Hub from June – August 2019. Since reopening in 2014 the library has become a key component part of all major events and festivals which take place in the city and is now firmly positioned as the heart of the cultural ecology. The performance spaces, exhibitions spaces and Archives+ were used for a wide range of events attracting new audiences as well as bringing Peterloo to the attention of library customers and people visiting the library - engaging them in a number of ‘open’ activities on the ground floor of the library. The library and Archives+ contain numerous stories relating the history of the city, available in print, digital, film and sound.

The library provided a central and accessible space for people to put on their own events and activities supported by Manchester Histories ‘Open Call’ model of engagement. A host of different groups and organisations had the opportunity to use the performance spaces, often for the first time, to have their say, perform, debate, question, be more aware of, and acquire shared knowledge about the Peterloo Massacre and the world we live in today.

Attendance figures suggest that the Petetoo events programme and exhibitions including the ‘The Hidden Project - Peterloo Massacre Tableaux’ by photographer Red Saunders helped to attract people to the Central Library over the summer 2019. Manchester Central Library Visitor Figures June

















185,113 171,462



124,327 123,560


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Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition was part of the national commemorations marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre. The headline exhibition told the story of Peterloo and highlighted its relevance today, examining democratic issues that people are campaigning for 200 years on. The exhibition featured objects, including original Peterloo artefacts, brought together for the very first time, alongside pieces telling more recent stories of protest. Protest Lab was also an experimental gallery for individuals, communities and organisations to use to share and develop their views and ideas for collective action. RISE! workshops and pop up installation with artist Emma Martin also featured at the People's History Museum. A mass of rsising hands created by people flooded the museum, giving voice to contemporary social issues.

Manchester Cathedral Service

Manchester Cathedral held a service to commemorate the Peterloo Massacre on Sunday 7th July. The multi faith service included Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh readings and prayers and readings from the Peterloo Ambassadors of Eyewitness Accounts of the terrible events of 16th August 1819.

Rise Like Lions

Manchester International Festival, and The Guardian marked 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre with a special commission: a visual celebration of the rallying cries from a history of unrest and commemorating how Peterloo led to the founding of The Manchester Guardian. The film by ‘Greenaway & Greenaway’ was premiered to a packed audience at Festival Square with other readings and performances from a host of local talent and also at the anniversary event, From the Crowd, outside Manchester Central on 16th August.

The Anvil

Manchester International Festival marked the 200th anniversary of Peterloo with an extraordinary day of performance, poetry and music on 7th July. Theatre company ANU created a series of 15 artistic interventions in Manchester city centre. THE ANVIL: An elegy for Peterloo with Emily Howard, Michael Symmons Roberts and BBC Philharmonic was premiered at the Bridgewater Hall.

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Manchester Art Gallery

The Get Together and Get Things Done project ran from 17th May to 29th September 2019 as part of the city-wide Peterloo 2019 programme. A project group from across the gallery’s learning and curatorial teams worked together to test new ways of exhibition-making to explore the meaning and importance of crowds and collective action and general usership of the gallery as a public space.

John Rylands Library

The Peterloo: Manchester’s Fight for Freedom exhibition at The John Rylands Library uncovered the personal stories behind the protest that shocked Britain. It exhibited original handwritten records to show the names of the ordinary Mancunians who sacrificed their lives for liberty. It showed documents about how the city authorities tried to conceal the atrocities they committed against their own citizens. It encouraged people to get up close to historic newspapers, and be inspired by the journalists who tirelessly sought to report truth, expose corruption and seek justice.


Manchester Museum

Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab under Siege exhibited the lived experiences and testimonies from the Punjab before, during and after the events which took place on 13 April 1919, when British troops opened fire on peaceful Indian protesters.

Manchester Craft Centre

Misshaping Peterloo commissioned a collection of ceramics to mark the 200-year anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. The ‘Misshaping Peterloo’ collection was created by illustrator and ceramicist Alex Sickling, inspired by the individuals who fought and died for their rights and freedom on 16 August 1819. The poignant, playful and political pottery looked at how and why we commemorate disaster and historical events using ceramics, and how key facts become distorted when meeting a deadline.


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OTHER KEY ACTIVITY PUT ON BY PARTNERS (continued) Gallery oldham

From Waterloo to Peterloo explored the many stories linking Oldham and its people with the historic events of the Peterloo Massacre. It examined the legacy of Peterloo and why the memory of that day has remained important in the town for many years. The exhibition also looked at what life was like in Oldham in the early 1800s using items from Gallery Oldham’s collections.

Touchstones Rochdale

Protest & Peterloo displayed a range of objects from the museum’s collection with incredible stories linked to Peterloo, including the only surviving banner that was marched from Middleton by a group led by Sam Bamford. The exhibition also included a project with Rochdale Youth Parliament and the Children’s Council.


Tameside Remembers Peterloo was a roving exhibition, of display boards, handmade banners and pendants, made by the community, at various venues throughout Tameside. It told the story of the People of Tameside and how they were involved in Peterloo.

working Class Movement Library

Peterloo: news, fake news and paranoia, explored the historical context, the prevailing paranoia and the reactions of the establishment of the Peterloo Massacre, utilising the Library’s extensive Peterloo holdings.

Quarry Bank

The Rights of the Child exhibition explored the experiences of the hundreds of children who worked at Quarry Bank to discover how children’s rights had changed over time. It featured new protest banners created by Ed Hall & local community groups exploring what the Peterloo Massacre meant to the people who were there at the time, and its significance today. The exhibition used the extensive archive collections held by the National Trust which captures stories of working-class people and the evolving right for fair and appropriate treatment of children in our society.

Peterloo Graphic Novel

Many events took place across Greater Manchester to launch Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre (Polyp, Schlunke, and Poole), a graphic novel that used bold imagery to take readers back to a visual account of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre. Published as part of the 200th anniversary commemorations, the novel has also been adapted to be used in schools.

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Peterloo Memorial

Manchester City Council commissioned Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller to design a memorial to commemorate the Peterloo Massacre. The memorial was opened to the public as part of the Peterloo 2019 Anniversary weekend in front of the Manchester Convention and Conference Centre. It includes the names of towns from which protestors travelled, names of the dead and at its summit a compass points toward other locations where similar protests have happened across the world. The memorial has caused controversy as it is not fully accessible to some disabled people, with the circular-stepped feature coming under fire from disability campaigners as wheelchair users cannot access the top of the structure.

Ongoing discussions continue to take place between Manchester City Council, The Peterloo Memorial Campaign Group and disabled people to find a solution to ensure equal access for all.

Peterloo Visitors Film

Marketing Manchester played a key role; working with Manchester Histories they connected visitors to this story of Peterloo by commissioning a short film starting actor Neil Bell, who had a starring role in Mike Leigh’s Peterloo feature film.


'Peterloo: Manchester's Fight for Freedom' was one of our most successful exhibitions, popular with both local and international audiences and, as the reflection area showed, raising interesting comparisons between then and now. The Library's proximity to the Peterloo site and the depth of its collections placed it at the heart of the city wide commemorations. Janette Martin

John Rylands Library

Peterloo weekend 16-18 August 2019 The day of the anniversary of the massacre on Friday 16th August also marked the start of a Peterloo Weekend with a wealth of events and activities, talks and performances taking place across the Greater Manchester including ‘Art Battle’ at Manchester Art Gallery, March for Democracy, Six Acts, and a Peterloo Picnic in Tandle Hill County Park Oldham. A targeted communications and marketing campaign also reached out to visitors and residents to the city and beyond.


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PARTNERSHIP WORKING Partnership working was key to the success of the Peterloo 2019 programme. It provided the opportunity to view and understand ideas from different perspectives, it brought together people from different organisations and sectors, recognising that they all bring particular agendas, skills, resources, connections, understandings and organisational cultures. There were some pitfalls at times, with different agendas and tensions apparent, but ultimately partners worked together to understand each other, to acknowledge imbalances of power, of access to resources and of knowledge and understanding of the issues. It was crucial to negotiate good relationships with partners and keep a positive outlook. The history - art collaborations were a very successful part of the programme, working with artists, archivists and historians challenged participants to explore new ways of thinking and working to bring history to life.

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The process of artistic and historic inquiry helped to frame and answer uncomfortable questions, and provided interesting opportunities for the history sector and artists to join hands to impact societal opinions of the past and the future. Together the different disciplines open many more doors than they would in isolation to share creative work with others.

The National Trust has been involved in shaping the Peterloo programme over the past four years, it has been a very collaborative process between teams at Quarry Bank & Dunham Massey and the wider network. The network meetings have been a hugely valuable space to share our stories and project with the wider community and connect to others who have helped and supported us. We were thrilled to be able to showcase our Glorious Phantoms project through an exhibition in the cabinets at Central Library for the duration of the commemorations. This city centre presence was a great way to link the two properties to a Manchester audience. The Manchester Histories team were instrumental in making all of this happen and were also a key part of our People’s Landscapes closing event at the Whitworth in November. I am confident our strong partnership with them is one that will continue in the future. Kelda Savage

Cultural Programme Coordinator, National Trust


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Get Together and Get Things Done Manchester Art Gallery’s programme Get Together and Get Things Done demonstrated a good example of how art and history came together as a response to Peterloo. The exhibition and project aimed to explore crowds and collective action from Peterloo to the present. In the exhibition spaces art works were positioned next to each other from different time periods throughout history and encouraged visitors to write their own labels and comments. Over 2000 comments cards were left during the exhibition and it gave a great sense of what people in Manchester and beyond wanted to express. The top themes that came out through the cards were: Kindness, Sentiments of Protests, Activism, Resistance, Brexit, Politics, Art, Climate Change, Environmental Urgencies and Animals rights. As part of the project Manchester Art Galley offered free space in the studio and in the gallery space for groups to book. This was the first time Manchester Art Gallery had done this, it was about opening up Manchester Art Gallery as a civic space to be used by people. Over 20 different groups used the space from Climate Change activist groups to older adult groups to drama and performing arts groups and artist collectives. The spaces were also used to host Manchester Histories events as part of the Peterloo 2019 programme; including singing events and performances by a variety of choirs, a British Council: Women and Politics event with MPs, youth MPs and leading speakers. As well as the highly popular talk by academic David Olusoga.

Manchester Art Gallery continues to offer free space to not for profit groups from Manchester and this has been a real tangible legacy from the Get Together project as part of the Peterloo 2019 programme.

The exhibition had some positive comments about the style of exhibition making and people appreciating the space to contribute:

“ Thinking about art and representation is important and I really like the way this museum shows its art. Thank you for offering such a space for free! This is really democratic!” “ Making art collectively as a community creates bonds, removes barriers and empowers us all to make change together.”

“ Who cares of the paintings, those labels are real art!!!” As well as some others who didn't like the way the exhibition had been put together:

“ I do not go to a museum to be told how to vote. I go to a museum to make my own mind about the world, by discovering unknown territories. That is dumb neo-liberal propaganda. Think by yourself.”

“ I demand art! Not a political Marxist agenda.”


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Peterloo Impact National Heritage Lottery strands

2 Protest Music performances at RNCM: 72 Artists, attended by 527 people 24 Volunteer Training Sessions over 34 weeks and a total of 96 hours 1,976 Volunteer Training Hours

21 BFI workshop days

New Digital Learning Resources downloaded contacts across Greater Manchester

BFI showcase event attended by

408 times and sent to over 300 teacher

4 Soapbox public performances attended by over 500 people

74 people

4 Network & Steering Group meetings in 2019 attended by over 400 people 46 young people engaged over three different project strands HLF only Peterloo Descendants connected to

150 descendants across the globe

Visitors to Manchester Central Library

Peterloo Descendants film screening attended by



visitors to

Manchester Central Library

6,168 tickets sold at events at

Manchester Central Library

92 people

Radical Read

1 Anthology

15 new

100 young people


Manchester Art Gallery event

Learning Resources

of young people’s

poetry, words and design

took part in the

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45,850 web hits from June – August 2019.


From 5 Jun - 17 August 2019, Guardian online

coverage reached impressions;


A media plan was executed with packages

575,535 banner advert

produced for BBC

1,705 clicks, with print

readership of

653,000 adults daily and

From The Crowd 5,500 people watching live online 91 volunteer performers

BBC Radio Manchester with viewing

figures of over


2,400 live audience members participating in the public performances

47 choir singers

31 front of house and backstage volunteers 10 lead artists / creatives

North west Tonight,

Granada Reports, Channel 4 News,

3.5 million people on mobile.

40 rehearsal sessions

27 participating musicians

6 young spoken word artists

3 performances

In addition, From the Crowd reached several million people in the UK and beyond through digital and media attention in newspapers, TV, Radio and social media.



180 events

across Greater

Manchester 262,613 General

visitors to Manchester

Art Gallery: Get Together and Get Things Done Exhibition.


100,000 visits

to People’s

History Museum ‘Disrupt’ Exhibition

39,833 visitors to the Peterloo

Exhibition at Gallery oldham

214,106 visits to

John Rylands Library exhibition, Peterloo: Manchester’s Fight for Freedom

56,396 visitors

to Dunham

Massey and 46,000 to Quarry Bank: People’s Landscapes, National Trust


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The partners have been delighted with the response by the public and media to the Peterloo 2019 programme. As a unique opportunity to plan a commemorative programme in an inclusive and collaborative way, Peterloo 2019 has been regarded as a resounding success. The best practice developed and learning from the project will feed and inspire future initiatives and programmes. Especially the unique fusion of histories, heritage and different art forms to tell stories.

Manchester Histories and its partners feel the year’s commemorations have successfully increased awareness of the story of Peterloo and its significance for Manchester and UK political history. With a series of learning resources and online information, Manchester Histories and its partners are in a position to support and inspire school children and the wider public for years to come. The Peterloo programme and events held on the day of the anniversary successfully created a fitting, meaningful and high-profile response that reflected the significance of the event 200 years ago. The programme, whilst honouring and respecting the sacrifice of the 18 people who lost their lives and over 700 people injured on the 16th August 1819, also challenged people to assess the health of democratic processes today, connected to contemporary protests such as climate change and social justice campaigns across the world. The timely release of a new feature film directed by Mike Leigh that premiered in the city at HOME in November 2018, and was screened as part of Peterloo 2019 programme also helped to further raise the profile and awareness of the story.

There was significant media coverage, especially in the week of the anniversary, with several features in national newspapers including The Guardian, Independent and Mirror, as well as broadcast coverage on ITV’s News at 10, BBC North West, BBC Radio 4.

Both the public event programme and the targeted strands have engaged with a wider range of people, especially young people. There is clear evidence from the NLHF programme that the project succeeded in changing people’s attitudes, again especially the young people directly engaged by the project, who now have a different understanding of the heritage, its relation to their own communities and towards their own ability to be creative and proud of their work. Volunteer Peterloo Ambassadors contributed a significant amount of their time to the project (almost 2,000 hours in training time alone) and developed a broad range of skills through their participation in the programme, as did the young people engaged by the various project strands. People engaged in a range of enjoyable experiences, while learning more about heritage.

Partners and those involved gave particular praise to Manchester Histories for having devised and developed such an impressive collaborative project.

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MONEY MATTERS Overview of project costs for Peterloo 2019 programme: 2017 – 2019 INCOME:


The National Heritage Lottery Fund

Greater Manchester Combined Authority Historic England

Manchester Histories ToTAL:



£15,000 £5,000





The National Heritage Lottery Fund

Greater Manchester Combined Authority Historic England


£25,000 £5,000


Manchester Histories


Shoosmiths Conlon

Other (including ticket sales) ToTAL:

Staff costs

Project Activity


Marketing & Communication


£13,000 £2,000






Overheads & Administration



Age of Revolution

University of Manchester (Additional)


£5,000 £250




Staff costs

Project Activity



£60,820 £4,750

Marketing & Communication




Overheads & Administration Other






From the Crowd INCOME:

Manchester City Council

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants Other


£130,000 £80,000




Artistic/Creative/Project Management Making work accessible Marketing & Audiences

Overheads & Administration

The above income & expenditure only includes project costs for the development and delivery of the Peterloo 2019 programme and From the Crowd, not the ongoing









In kind contributions from Manchester City Council, Manchester Central Library, Manchester Central, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Royal Northern College of Music, The Guardian, University of Central Lancashire, People’s History Museum for use of space, staff time, advertising, facilities and volunteer time valued at £97,900.



support of core costs from the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Manchester City Council through the Cultural Programme Agreement and or the wider Peterloo programme. A full set of Manchester Histories accounts is available on-line from Companies House. Our accounts run from August to August. Company Number 08283259 Registered Charity 1151944


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THANKS Thanks to all the cultural partners, community groups, historians, artists, volunteers and passionate residents of Greater Manchester and beyond who have come together to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre in a moving and inspiring tribute to the courage of those that fought for democracy in 1819. Thanks to the continued support of the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester City Council, GMCA, Historic England, National Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, People’s History Museum.

A special thanks to the Peterloo steering group and network groups for their continued support over the four years of the project. Thanks to The Peterloo Memorial Campaign Group for their moral support and passion.

Thanks to historian Professor Robert Poole, University of Central Lancashire for his in-depth knowledge of Peterloo, his support and factual information.

Thanks to Laura Sullivan & Claire Short, Fido PR, and David Caunce, Imagine Graphic Design Studio, for their support with PR, press releases, design and raising awareness of Peterloo 2019 through press & media across the globe. Thanks to the team at Manchester Central Library, Neil MacInnes OBE, Philip Cooke, Ian Hopkinson, Larysa Bolton, Dorothee Devouge, Darren Rawcliffe, Jackie Pugh and David Dennehy.

Thanks to Manchester City Council, Sarah Elderkin, Zoe Williams, Elaine Morrison, Jane Lemon, Sarah Teague, Tony Howard, Margaret Longworth, Dave Carty, Manchester City Council Peterloo Steering Group, Dave Moutrey and Councillor Luthfur Rahman. Thanks to M-Four Design Studio and Ilyas Inayat.

Thanks to Manchester Central, Shaun Hinds, Sarah Bickerton, Louise Day and Nick Smith.

Thanks to People’s History Museum, Katy Aston, Jenny Mabbott, Michael Powell, Shirin Hirsch, Daisy Nicholson, John Donegan and Jonathan Haynes. Thanks to The Politics Project and Harriet Andrews. Thanks to RECLAIM and Katie Cosgrave.

Thanks to UK Parliament, Stephen Wilson and Matt Instone. Thanks to Historic England, Lois Gyves and Daisy Horsley.

Thanks to Royal Northern College of Music, Richard Collins, Matt Whitham, Katie Chatburn, Rachael Howarth and Debbie Sullivan.

Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Nathan Lee, Dan Head and Louise Southerland.

Thanks to The Guardian, Katherine Viner, Michael John Harris, Anna Chesters, Francesca Lockwood-Taylor and Helen Pidd. Thanks to Evie Manning and Robin Richards. Thanks to Common Wealth Theatre.

Thanks to Brighter Sound, Debra King, Tim Chatterton, Kate Lowes, Rebecca Horn, Lucy Scott and Disrupt performers. Thanks to Walk the Plank, Liz Pugh, Sammi Gabb, Fiona Hilton, Candida Boyes and Edward Salt.

Thanks to Young Identity, Shirley May, Nicole May, Reece Williams, Roma Havers and Jardel Rodregues.

Thanks to HOME, Dave Moutrey, Marisa Draper, Rosie Stuart, Kevin Jamieson, Chloe Beale, John Grey and Judith Chan. Thanks to Manchester Art Gallery, Meg Parnell, Emma Carroll, Clare Gannaway and Hannah Williamson. Thanks to Mike Leigh, Danny Boyle, Billy Bragg, Dave Haslam, Neil Bell, Red Saunders, Thin Man Films and Entertainment One.

Thanks to British Council, Kathy McCardle, Fariha Tahanin and Anna O’Flynn.

Thanks to Michael Wood, David Olusoga and Marlene L. Daut. Thanks to BBC Radio Manchester, Matt Foster and Linda Walker.

Thanks to Dinosaur and Frank Fenton.

Thanks to Marketing Manchester, Simon Donohue, Nick Hulme and One Smart Cookie. Thanks to North West Film Archive, Marion Hewitt, Will McTaggart and Geoff Senior. Thanks to The National Archives and Meg Venter. Thanks to Great Place GMCA and Julie McCarthy.

Thanks to Radical Read, Donna Shepherds and Daniel Edmonds.

Thanks to the National Trust, Kelda Savage, Jessica Webb, Suzanne Kellett, Cathy Newbery, Ben Wilcock and artists Grace Surman, Gary Winters and their children Hope & Merrick. Thanks to Elizabeth Sibbering and Steve Roman for their informative walks and support.

Thanks to Thea Tite Ahern and Caroline Del Valle Ortega, Loreto High School. Thanks to Rose Sergent, Contact Manchester.

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Manchester Histories Peterloo Team: Karen Shannon - CEO Overall Programme Lead Janine Hague – Project Manager NHLF Charlie Booth – Community Engagement Manager Michael Powell – Learning Co-ordinator Naomi Whitman – Creative Producer & Radical Read Laura Stevens – Digital Content Manager John Leatherbarrow – Administrator Maxim Shannon – AV Library Events (Freelancer) Kevin Bolton – Archivist (Freelance) Richard Fowler – Evaluation Consultant (Freelance) Liz Scribbles – Documentation (Freelance) Sally Fort – Evaluation Consultant (Freelance) Jonathan Keenan – Photography (Freelance) Barney Francis – Development phase Daniel Kenyon – Film maker (Freelance) Students from University of Manchester & Manchester Metropolitan University Family & friends of the core team for their support, love, encouragement and patience Thanks to Claire Turner, pervious CEO of Manchester Histories Access Team, From the Crowd: Dennis Queen, Oscar Keenan, Oscar Cooksey-Nash, Georgia Keavey, Minna Keenan and Mark Todd.


Manchester Histories volunteers: Minna Keenan, Madison Ryan, Joel McTaggart, Peter Bloor and Emily Ingram. Manchester Histories Board: Hannah Barker (Chair), Kostas Arvanitis, Rob Higginson, Andrew Pattinson, Melanie Tebbutt, John Williams, Martin Gaw, Sam Edwards and Shirin Hirsch.

Enormous thanks to Peterloo Ambassadors: Adam Kilkenny, Alan Godson, Adele Taylor, Alexander Davidson, Alice Hebdon, Alix Stiles, Andy Mercer, Anna Mayall, Anne Cooper, Bernard McGrath, Charlotte Derbyshire, Charlotte Peters Rock, Christina Wallman, Claire Robinson, Gary Fildes, Gina James, Helen Eden, Helen Drummond, Jo Neri, John Carpenter, John Sanders, John Shaw, Laurence Connell, Maria Allen, Mark Simmons, Mary McGuigan, Mick McHugh, Mike Broomhead, Rachael Gilbert, Sheila Gaughan, Simon Hughes and Tracy Drysdale. Thanks to the Peterloo Descendants: Sheila Lemoine Abrams, Sue Sennett, Keith Stafford, Tricia Entwistle, Dan Guy, Robert Cornish, Michael Gorman, Justin Doyle and Su Bindless.



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Links to content & resources 1. Peterloo 2019 website

2. Peterloo 2019 Programme _peterloo_events_guide_a5_32pp_dr?e=3344987 0/69717356 3. Peterloo Anniversary weekend Programme erloo_weekend_8pp_for_issu 4. Peterloo learning programme and resources and

5. Radical Read Resources: adical-read-project/

6. My Family Tree - A Peterloo Descendants Story and 7. HoME / BFI - Project X

8. SoAPBoX 9. Protest Music with RNCM & Streetwise opera

10. Marketing Manchester - Link to film

11. Peterloo visual identity & toolkit for partners o/Manchester_Histories_Peterloo_2019_Identity_ Guidelines_n_Marketing_Toolkit_v1.1.pdf

12. Peterloo Digital Interactive Story

13. From the Crowd & the Anniversary programme

14. Rise Like Lions - The Guardian Film c&feature=emb_title

15. MIF19: The Anvil - ANU

16. MIF19: The Anvil

17. Images from the day of the 200th Anniversary

From the Crowd: and Rebel Karaoke:

18. Manchester Art Gallery Get Together and Get things Done:

19. The Hidden Project - Peterloo Massacre Tableaux

20. Manchester Histories website

21. ManchesterHistories/BFI/HoME/FREESTYLE FILM aspx?ID=271

Flickr album documenting the film-making course:

Flickr album documenting the film preview:

22. RISE! film with Emma Martin

23. Manchester Histories/Peterloo 2019 programme short film

24. Manchester Histories/From the Crowd short film

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