An Exhibition Marking The 200th Anniversary Of The Peterloo Massacre Is Coming To The John Rylands Library

By Laura O'Neill

Fake news, fractured politics and a state against its people. Discover the story of the Peterloo Massacre at John Rylands Library.

In today’s climate of heated political debate, viral media and clashing opinions, the story of these Manchester radicals resonates more than ever before. Come and consider: how different is Britain 200 years later?

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On 16 August 1819, people flooded into the heart of Manchester to demand political representation. Fearing revolution, the state crushed the peaceful protest without mercy. Peterloo, Manchester’s Fight For Freedom at John Rylands Library will tell the story of Manchester’s fight for freedom, as the city marks two centuries since one of the darkest moments in its history.

From March 21 visitors will be able to uncover the personal stories behind the protest that shocked Britain. And explore original handwritten records to learn the names of the ordinary Mancunians who sacrificed their lives for liberty.


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Documents that show how the city authorities tried to conceal the atrocities they committed against their own citizens will be on display. And visitors will have the chance to see to historic newspapers up close and be inspired by the journalists who tirelessly sought to report truth, expose corruption and seek justice.

The exhibition will run from March 21 – September 29, is free to visit and is suitable for all ages. For more information click here.

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