18 June 2019
16 August 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, England, when thousands of peacefully protesting men, women and children were brutally attacked by soldiers. Here is genealogist and social historian Adele Emm's guide to Peterloo resources for those tracing ancestors caught up in the bloodshed
16 August 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, UK, when around 60,000 men, women and children on a peaceful march calling for parliamentary reform were brutally attacked by the cavalry, resulting in 15 deaths and around 700 people injured.
You can learn about the massacre and its aftermath and the bicentenary events led by Manchester Histories in the August 2019 issue of Family Tree, including an expert article by genealogist and social historian Adele Emm called 'Rise like Lions'. Here are some of the resources Adele suggests to help you investigate your Peterloo ancestors, whether they were marchers, witnesses or in the military.
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Places to visit for Peterloo research
Galleries and museums holding temporary/permanent exhibitions include:
• The People’s History Museum, Manchester, which is running the Disrupt? Peterloo & Protest exhibition until 23 February 2020
• Working Class Movement Library, Salford
• Manchester Central Library, which holds Peterloo archives
• Jeremy Deller’s £1million memorial unveiled 16 August 2019 near the Peterloo site
• Mike Leigh’s film Peterloo. The massacre is roughly ‘real time’ i.e. 15-20 minutes. Watch the official trailer here.
• The Casualties of Peterloo, Michael Bush, Carnegie, 2005, lists all casualties not just the dead
• Rise Like Lions, Mark Krantz, Bookmarks Publications, 2011
• The Peterloo Massacre, Joyce Marlow, Rapp and Whiting 1970, reprinted, Ebury, 2018
• Peterloo, Voices, Sabres and Silence, Graham Phythian, History Press, 2018
• Return to Peterloo, Robert Poole Editor, Carnegie, 2014
• The Peterloo Massacre, Robert Reid, Windmill, 1989, 2018
• Peterloo, The Story of the Manchester Massacre, Jacqueline Riding, Head of Zeus, 2018.
Watch: The Peterloo Visitor film presented by actor Neil Bell, who played radical reformer Sam Bamford in Mike Leigh's film, Peterloo.