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Places, Protest and Power: Commemorating the Peterloo Massacre at the National Trust

Event type
People, Place and Community
Event dates
, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Central London, WC1
Ben Wilcock (National Trust)
020 7862 8740

Ben Wilcock, Academic Research and Engagement Coordinator, North-West Region, National Trust

2019 marks the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre, and throughout the year cultural organisations in and around Manchester are commemorating the violent suppression of the peaceful protest at St Peter’s Fields. Two of the properties that the National Trust looks after in the North have a strong connection to the Massacre: the Greg family who owned Quarry Bank were eyewitnesses and spoke out against the militia’s brutality in the subsequent trial; while at Dunham Massey the Earl of Stamford – George Grey – was the head of the militia that led the charge. At the Trust, we’ve been working with our research-active volunteers to delve into the property-specific archives relating to the massacre; with academic researchers to contextualise this research; and with artists who have developed a creative response to tell these stories in an engaging and responsible way to our visitors.