Peterloo and Protest
The year 2019 marks the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre, when an armed and mounted militia attacked a large but peaceful demonstration for political reform in St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, leaving over a dozen dead and hundreds injured. This exhibition commemorates this defining event in British political history. Using objects drawn from the Center’s collections and others, the display also examines later public protests and demonstrations in Britain and elsewhere until 1969.
Peterloo and Protest has been curated by Lars Kokkonen, Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Center.