Lecture: The Peterloo Massacre of 1819 and its significance in the history of democracy in Britain
October 15, 2019 7:30 PM at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, AL1 3XG
This lecture will explain the history and the legacy of the Peterloo Massacre of 16 August 1819, when yeomanry cavalry attacked a peaceful democratic rally in Manchester. 2019 is the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre, which has been marked with a series of commemorations, the building of the first permanent memorial and a major feature film by Mike Leigh. This talk will examine the significance of the events in the longer history of democratic movements in Britain and its contested legacy.
Dr Navickas is Reader in History at the University of Hertfordshire. Her most recent book is Protest and the Politics of Space and Place 1789-1848 (Manchester University Press). She is currently British Academy Mid-Career Fellow for a project on the history of public space in England.