Peterloo commemoration to ‘bring back’ the names of victims

Sunday 20 August, 1pm
Albert Square



A huge field of surnames will remember those caught up in the Peterloo Massacre almost 200 years ago.

On 16th August 1819 in St Peter's Fields, Manchester, armed cavalry charged a peaceful crowd of around 60,000 people gathered to listen to anti-poverty and pro-democracy speakers. It is estimated that 18 were killed, and nearly 700 seriously injured. The story of the campaign for parliamentary reform leading to the Peterloo massacre of 1819 is to be told by filmmaker Mike Leigh in his latest production.

The 'Peterloo Names' commemoration event on Sunday 20 August (at 1pm) will see Albert Square filled with a sea of placards bearing the surnames of people known to be present.

Its organisers are looking for 1,000 to take part and adopt of name to remember. Among those taking part are actors Maxine Peake and Christopher Eccleston.

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant