2019 marks 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre a watershed moment in British democracy whose legacy continues to be felt in the Greater Manchester and beyond.
Leading the commemorations for Peterloo 2019, Manchester Histories is inviting volunteers to become Peterloo Ambassadors, with applications closing on 7 January 2019.
30 Peterloo Ambassadors will play a central role in the commemorations, which include a programme of public events, learning and creative exploration.
The ambitious plans for Peterloo 2019 have been made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players and the support being given by cultural organisations and community groups across the region.
Peterloo Ambassador training sessions will run each Saturday afternoon from 26 January for 16 weeks, which will include the chance to work with leading Peterloo historian Professor Robert Poole. There will also be lots of practical insight to be gained, including heritage management, managing archives, conducting historical research and evaluation.
Karen Shannon, Chief Executive of Manchester Histories, says, “The experience of becoming a Peterloo Ambassador will be wonderfully rewarding, with the opportunity to explore and shape the commemorations working with partners across Greater Manchester, as well as developing practical skills. One of the central focal points will be a huge public programme of events that will take place from June until August, which will incorporate lots of creative elements and explore the Peterloo 2019 key themes of protest, democracy and freedom of speech.”
For further information on the Peterloo Ambassador programme visitwww.Peterloo1819.co.uk
Applications can be made until Monday 7 January 2019, shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on Saturday 12 January 2019, with the programme running from 26 January 2019 until the end of August 2019.