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Explore what brings people together – from protest to partying – through a series of events, activities and art.

Get Together and Get Things Done is part of a city-wide programme to commemorate the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre.

On 16 August 1819, in a period of wide-scale protest and unrest, the area around what is now St Peter’s Square, Manchester was the site of a violent assault on 60,000+ peaceful pro-democracy and anti-poverty protesters; now known as the Peterloo Massacre. Historians acknowledge that Peterloo was hugely influential: ordinary people eventually won the right to vote, the Chartist Movement grew into Trade Unions and the Manchester Guardian newspaper was established.

Inspired by these events, Manchester City Art Gallery is exploring with people the wider theme of the crowd through international historic and contemporary art and group activity, looking at how an art gallery can be shaped by the crowds that use them. Please see the website for details.


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