Peterloo and Protest

Friday, August 16, 2019
Sunday, December 1, 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 will commemorate this defining event in British political history. Using objects drawn from the Center’s collections and others, the display also will examine 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, Vanessa Redgrave and Tariq Ali at Protest March (detail), 1968, gelatin silver print, Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Dr. J. Patrick and Patricia Kennedy