On 16 August 1819, a meeting of peaceful protestors campaigning for parliamentary reform was broken up by the Manchester Yeomanry, a local force of volunteer soldiers. Between 10 and 20 people were killed and hundreds more injured in what quickly became known as the Peterloo Massacre. This vividly coloured print is one of several commemorative items produced in the aftermath of the event.
- Article by:
- Ruth Mather
- Romanticism, Power and politics
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.