Manchester, August 1819: 60,000 people had gathered in the cause of parliamentary reform.
To those defending the status quo, the vote was not a universal right, but a privilege of wealth and land-ownership. To radical reformers the fundamental overhaul of a corrupt system was long overdue. What happened next has arguably been lost to British history. Jacqueline Riding is an author, museums consultant and historical advisor on feature films including Mike Leigh’s Peterloo. Join Jacqueline just a month ahead of this important bicentenary of British Democracy.