Peterloo: voices, sabres and silence

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Peterloo: voices, sabres and silence

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On 16 August 1819 on St Peter’s Field, Manchester, a peaceful demonstration of some 60,000 workers and reformers was brutally dispersed by sabre-wielding cavalry, resulting in at least fifteen dead and over 600 injured. Within days the slaughter was named Peter-loo , as an ironic reference to the battleground of Waterloo.

The Portico Library’s exhibition ‘Making the News: Reading between the lines, from Peterloo to Meskel Square’ runs from July 5th-September 23rd 2019.

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