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On 16th August 1819, 60,000 people gathered on what was then known as St Peter’s Field in Manchester to peacefully demand the reform of parliamentary representation.
When troops, including local government forces, charged the crowds, the tragic result saw 18 people lose their lives and around 700 injured.
This was to become known as the Peterloo Massacre.
In 2019, Manchester Histories will mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre with a programme of public events, learning and creative exploration in partnership with key cultural organisations and communities across Greater Manchester.
Recognising the significance of this event and of the role of Irish people or those of Irish descent as witnesses or participants at Peterloo, we are delighted to welcome Martin Gittins, of the Peterloo Memorial Campaign and Cheetham & Crumpsall Heritage Society, and Michala Hulme, a professional genealogist and social historian at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Martin will deliver a short talk exploring the Irish at Peterloo. Martin will also present an exhibition in the Centre in the week before his talk which will include opportunities for the public to learn more about the Peterloo descendants programme.