Jacqueline Riding
Peterloo: History of an Uprising

On the morning of 16 August 1819 at St Peter’s Field, Manchester, 60,000 working men, women, and children gathered to peacefully protest in the cause of parliamentary reform. By day’s end, over 650 had been injured and 15 killed as panicked troops tried to disperse the crowd – the bloodiest clash in British political history. Jacqueline Riding, adviser on Mike Leigh’s epic film of the same name, argues that Peterloo’s shocking events 200 years ago were instrumental in the battle for UK political reform.

 

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