Handkerchief representing the Peterloo Massacre

Ephemera/Illustration/Image

Description

English

On August 16 1819, the day now known as the Peterloo Massacre, thousands of peaceful protestors for parliamentary reform gathered at St Peter’s Square, Manchester. Ten to twenty were killed and hundreds injured as the meeting was violently broken up by the Manchester Yeomanry, a force of volunteer soldiers. This handkerchief is one of several commemorative items produced in memory of the event.

Full title
A representation of the Manchester reform meeting dispersed by the civil and military power. Augt. 16th. 1819
Created
1819
Format
Ephemera / Illustration / Image
Creator
John Slack [after]
Held by
The British Museum
Copyright: © 
British Museum Standard Terms of Use, Trustees of the British Museum
Shelfmark
1893,0106.39

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The Peterloo Massacre

Article by
Ruth Mather
Themes: 
Power and politics, Romanticism

In August 1819 dozens of peaceful protestors were killed and hundreds injured at what became known as the Peterloo Massacre. Ruth Mather examines the origins, response and aftermath of this key early 19th century political event.

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