The Ultimate Peterloo Massacre Tour
Fri 16 Aug,
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Ed Glinert, Manchester tour guide and Peterloo Memorial Campaign member, who has worked with the leading political activist Paul Foot and the Peterloo film director Mike Leigh, leads this tour explaining the entire Peterloo story on the day of the 200th anniversary.
The date of 16 August 1819 is etched in English history as that of the most tragic political event ever to have taken place. At least a dozen people were killed and hundreds injured when the military attacked a peaceful crowd of 60,000 people, gathered at St Peter’s Field, Manchester (near the modern-day Midland Hotel), to demonstrate for the right to vote and an end to unjust laws.
Glinert outlines the background to the events, the appalling social conditions for the ordinary people in the so-called elegant age of the Regency, the horrors of the day, and the fascinating aftermath.