Peterloo: Local and global perspectives

On 2 August 2019 at the Friends’ Meeting House, adjacent to St. Peter’s Square, Manchester, three renowned scholars of the early 19th century gathered to offer new perspectives on the 1819 Peterloo massacre, a peaceful protest for democratic reform that turned violent when the king’s soldiers attacked unarmed protestors. Eighteen people were killed and hundreds injured.

The International Conference on Romanticism and the Manchester Histories Festival jointly hosted this panel of speakers, which includes Catherine Hall (University College London), Ian Haywood (Roehampton University), and Robert Poole (University of Central Lancashire). Mike Sanders (University of Manchester) moderated the panel, which was organised by Emily Rohrbach (University of Manchester). With generous support from Creative Manchester and the Social Responsibility Fund of the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures, the event was filmed in order to be circulated in time for the Peterloo 200th anniversary, 16 August 2019.

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