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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
18-Jul-19 - 04:22 PM
Thread Name: Peterloo 200th anniversary
Subject: RE: Peterloo 200th anniversary
People's History Museum, Spinningfields, Manchester; Be the first to see rare Peterloo artefact

Tomorrow (Friday 19 July), a rare Peterloo artefact will go on public display for the very first time. Discover the Peterloo cane in our Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition, one of the few items to have witnessed the Manchester massacre on 16 August 1819.

It is believed the owner was at Peterloo as a protestor and dressed, like so many others, in his Sunday best with the walking cane a part of his attire, as was the fashion of the time.

The Peterloo cane, whilst simple in design, is highly symbolic in significance, carrying the inscriptions “be brought to Justice” and “I was one of the dreadfull (sic) bludgeons seen on the plains of PETERLOO”.