On 16 August 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
- Ephemera / Illustration / Image
- John Slack [after]
- Held by:
- The British Museum
- Article by:
- Ruth Mather
- 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.