Caruso St John to design Peterloo Massacre memorial

Caruso St John and Jeremy Deller - Peterloo Massacre memorial

Architect working with artist Jeremy Deller

Caruso St John has been appointed to design a memorial to the Peterloo Massacre with the artist Jeremy Deller.

Peterloo was a defining moment for democracy in Britain. A 60,000-strong crowd walked from towns across the north-west to a meeting point in central Manchester, known as St Peter’s Field, to demand parliamentary representation.

Shortly after the meeting began, on August 16, 1819, and while the orator Henry Hunt was making his address, local government forces charged into the crowd on horseback and, with swords drawn, injured around 700 people. They killed 18 men, women and children.

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