30 August 2017
Manchester Histories and the People’s History Museum (Manchester) have been successful in attaining a £70,000 development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Peterloo 2019 project.
As Manchester Histories commented:
“2019 marks the 200th anniversary of what became known as the Peterloo Massacre, an event widely acknowledged as a significant moment in the history of public protest and which has become synonymous with the struggle for democracy and the fight against political repression.
On the 198th anniversary we’re pleased to announce that thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, Manchester Histories (MH) and People’s History Museum (PHM) will work in partnership with Manchester City Council, Historic England, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University as well as a host of other partners and individuals across Greater Manchester to develop Peterloo 2019, a project that will commemorate one of the most important episodes in the history of Greater Manchester.
The grant of £69,200 will enable the partners to kick-start the further fundraising needed and begin to develop a substantial programme of activity around the pertinent themes of protest, democracy and freedom of speech. Initial plans for the Peterloo 2019 project include producing new learning resources for children and young people, creating a dynamic web portal and GPS triggered walking app to tell the story of Peterloo; training a crack team of volunteer Peterloo experts who’ll be helping run creative events at venues and festivals across Greater Manchester; launching the Peterloo Descendants: My Family Tree with historian and genealogist Michala Hulme. With opportunities for the public to get involved at every stage.”
The Peterloo Cultural and Public network group were formed in 2014 by MH and PHM with regular meetings being held for anyone to contribute their ideas to Peterloo 2019, a project endorsed by the actor Maxine Peake (a patron of Manchester Histories) and Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council.
Other partners of the Peterloo 2019 project include – The Peterloo Cultural and Public network group, local historians, Royal Northern College of Music, University of Central Lancashire, and The Peterloo Campaign Group.
For more information, visit the Manchester Histories website here.