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Designs drawn up by artist Jeremy Deller for a memorial to commemorate the Peterloo massacre to go on display in Manchester

Designs drawn up by artist Jeremy Deller for a memorial to commemorate the Peterloo massacre and those who died there will be unveiled next week on Thursday 1 November.

The artist has been commissioned by Manchester City Council to design a fitting memorial to be in place in time for the 200th anniversary of the massacre next year.

Peterloo was a watershed moment that would mark Manchester as a radical city like no other and become a defining moment for democracy in Britain.

On Monday 16 August 1819, a 60,000-strong crowd walked to the meeting point at St Peter’s Field in central Manchester from as far afield as Wigan, Rochdale, Saddleworth and Altrincham, to call for parliamentary representation.

Shortly after the meeting began and whilst the orator Henry Hunt was making his address, local government forces charged into the crowd on horseback and with swords drawn, injuring 700 and killing an estimated 18 men, women and children.

Deller’s concept plans for the permanent memorial will be on display for three days in Manchester Central Library from 1 November as part of the council’s pre-planning consultaion on the memorial.

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