Produced by Joe Williams and Gabby Sutton, ‘This is Manchester: The Peterloo Massacre’ reveals a dark truth of Mancunian history.
Manchester is often named the home of industry and creativity, but for greatness, there must be hardships.
Explore the beginnings of the industrial revolution and reform through the sounds of Manchester’s past, that sparked a wildfire of revolt across the country, a cry for change.
Manchester’s rapid rise within the textile industry, lead the city into its first steps of industrialising the world and began to steamroll itself into a new age of the 1800s.
But with hard labour and awful living conditions, workers and their families were becoming restless and decided to act and participated in a peaceful protest.
People gathered on St Peter’s Field, now known as St Peter’s Square, on 16th August 1819. A reported 60,000-80,000 people sat for this protest, but it didn’t last.
Armed troops from the local government charged into the crowds on horse and foot under false impressions leading to the massacre.
What started as a picnic ended with 18 lives being lost and over 600 injuries.
Casting a light into an event that changed the industrial and political landscape of Manchester in 1819 and how it’s still significant to members of society today. This is the eye-widening story of The Peterloo Massacre.