SJ8397 : Peterloo Massacre Memorial

taken 2 months ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Peterloo Massacre Memorial
Peterloo Massacre Memorial

The memorial to the Peterloo massacre was unveiled without ceremony outside Manchester Central on 13th August 2019, three days before the 200th anniversary on 16th August.

The memorial was designed by Jeremy Deller. The monument is made up of 11 concentric steps featuring the names of the 18 people who died in the Peterloo massacre and the towns from which they travelled. Arrows on the top show the direction of other parts of the world where significant protests have taken place, such as Tiananmen Square, Cairo's Tahrir Square and Gdansk in Poland. A smaller circle at ground-floor level reproduces the information so that those who cannot climb the steps are able to read it.

When Manchester Central was being used as Nightingale Hospital access to the memorial was blocked off. Now it can viewed again. In the background is the Bridgewater Hall.
Manchester Central

The Manchester Central complex was originally built as Manchester Central Station and opened officially in July 1880. It operated successfully for almost 90 years but was deemed surplus to requirements when the railway network was restructured following the Beeching report. Central Station closed in May 1969.

The building had been granted Grade l listed status in 1963 and this ensured that the shell would be preserved but it remained standing empty for several years. Greater Manchester County Council purchased the building in 1978, developjng the station into the G-Mex (the "Greater Manchester Exhibition Centre") which opened in 1986. Its listing was revised to Grade II status in 1994 (LinkExternal link for listing details).

In 2001 the Manchester International Convention Centre (MICC) was added to the complex and in January 2007 the venue was rebranded as Manchester Central, evoking the memory of the former Manchester Central railway station.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 27 May, 2021   (more nearby)
Friday, 28 May, 2021
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  People, Events 
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Jeremy Deller 
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