Peterloo and Protest

Friday, August 16, 2019
Sunday, December 15, 2019

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.

Lewis Morley, Tariq Ali and Vanessa Redgrave, Anti-Vietnam War Demonstration, London (detail), 1968, gelatin silver print on semigloss photographic paper, Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Dr. J. Patrick and Patricia Kennedy