Day Schools: The Peterloo Massacre & Early Radical Movements in the 19th Century

Ref: C2226381

A day school delivered by guest speaker, Professor Peter Gurney (University of Essex) who will provide an introduction to the Peterloo Massacre by studying the events of the day and the key personages involved, through eye witness accounts. On 16 August 1819, a peaceful crowd of ordinary men, women and children assembled in St Peter’s Fields in Manchester to demonstrate for democratic change. They were dispersed by yeomanry armed with sabres and regular troops controlled by the Manchester magistracy. A dozen people lay dead after the attack, though more died later and around 600 were seriously wounded. The episode quickly became memorialised as the Peterloo Massacre, and in its bicentenary this day school explores this crucial episode in modern British history. The episode will also be placed in its historical context, as a crucial moment in the development of popular radicalism between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the rise of Chartism in the 1830s and 40s.

Additional information about this course

This course runs from 10:15am until 4:15pm inclusive of a one hour lunch break.

Course aim

A day school delivered by guest speaker, Professor Peter Gurney (University of Essex) who will provide an introduction to the Peterloo Massacre by studying the events of the day and the key personages involved, through eye witness accounts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss the history of the Peterloo Massacre and its major participants
  • Situate the Peterloo Massacre within the context of the popular movement for democratic reform between 1815 and 1850.
  • Identify the ways in which the memory of the Peterloo Massacre has figured in popular consciousness from 1819 up to the present day.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A notepad and pen for making notes, should you wish to.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Day Schools: The Peterloo Massacre & Early Radical Movements in the 19th Century

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