History

Two hundred years ago, on 16 August 1819 Manchester’s Yeomanry Cavalry rode into thousands of unarmed protesters who were campaigning for political representation. They killed 18 and injured more than 650.

Journalists called the massacre Peterloo after Waterloo, where four years earlier British forces had won a famous battle against Napoleon. Peterloo was the war on the home front – it was a war on the emerging working class movement.

The Hidden Project is an ongoing series of photographic tableaux by internationally acclaimed artist and a founder of ‘Rock Against Racism’-Red Saunders, which reimagine events from our history, from a time before the era of photography.

The aim of the project, through reimagining those events, is to reproduce important historic scenes involving the dissenters, revolutionaries, radicals and non-conformists who have so often been hidden from history.

The Project shines photographic light on great moments in the long struggle of working people for democracy and social justice, and Peterloo will be the latest in a series that has ranged from the Peasants; Revolt to the Chartists.

Hidden is a not-for-profit venture, so we’re looking for people and organisations who believe in the importance of art and peoples culture in today’s society, to help realise the Peterloo work..