Handkerchief representing the Peterloo Massacre

Description

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
Created:
1819
Format:
Ephemera / Illustration / Image
Creator:
John Slack [after]
Held by:
The British Museum
Copyright:
© Trustees of the British Museum and British Museum Standard Terms of Use
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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