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LSS: Peterloo 200 animation and film

Description: Peterloo Massacre bicentenary event

To mark the 200th anniversary of the notorious massacre at a peaceful demonstration in Manchester

All welcome at these free events.
Donations towards costs welcome.


2pm Peterloo 1819 – an animation depicting the sequence of events on 16th August 1819 in Manchester (10 minutes)

2.15pm Peterloo – The Film (writer and director Mike Leigh

EVENING (see http://leicestersecularsociety.org.uk/calendar/view_entry.php?id=2359 )

6pm: doors open

6.30pm Red Leicester choir

7pm Bob Forder: The Heroism of Richard & Jane Carlile with reference to Peterloo.

About The Peterloo massacre

On 16 August 1819, a crowd of some 60,000 people from Manchester and surrounding towns gathered in St Peter’s Fields to demand Parliamentary reform and an extension of voting rights.

The meeting had been peaceful but in the attempt to arrest a leader of the meeting, the armed government militias panicked and charged upon the crowd.

The toll of casualties has always been disputed but as many as 15 people were killed and up to 700 wounded. The immediate effect of the massacre was a crackdown on reform, as the authorities feared the country was heading towards armed rebellion.

The outcry led to the founding of the Manchester Guardian and played a significant role in the passage through Parliament of the Great Reform Act 13 years later.

Richard and Jane Carlile are among the very bravest of our freethinking ancestors. Bob Forder will assess the Carliles’ careers with particular reference to Peterloo.


REMINDER: We collect food and toiletry items for asylum seekers – please try to donate if you are able – a single item is fine.

Location: Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB
Date: Sunday, 7 July 2019
Time: 14:00 BST
Access: Public
Category: LSS - Secular Hall - Public event*
Created by: Public Access ( by LSS editor )
Updated: Thursday, 4 July 2019 10:45 GMT
Attachments: None

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