Peterloo remembered in free online course

Original records held by The National Archives will feature in a free-to-join online course examining the Peterloo Massacre.

Registration is now open for ‘Peterloo to the Pankhursts: Radicalism and Reform in the 19th Century’. The course will uncover a century-long struggle for rights and representation, from the Peterloo Massacre to the campaign for women’s suffrage in Britain.

Launching on 12 August, the course will take four weeks to complete and requires four hours of study a week. Learners will have the opportunity to see original artefacts and documents as well as compelling historical testimony and speeches. Resources will be accompanied by expert guidance from historians, archivists and curators.

The project has been developed by People’s History Museum and Royal Holloway, University of London and as well as material from The National Archives, it also features material from collections held by the History of Parliament Trust and Parliamentary Archives. It has been supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To join the course, please visit FutureLearn.

If you would like to hear more about the Peterloo Massacre, join Dr Jaqueline Riding, historian for Mike Leigh’s film Peterloo, and records specialists Dr George Hay and Chris Day for a talk at The National Archives on 13 August. Tickets are available here.

Tags: education, People's History Museum, Peterloo, Royal Holloway, suffrage