Due to the ongoing social distancing restrictions, the Society’s current season of monthly Monday evening talks will initially be delivered online from our website and may be subject to change.

This Month’s Talk: Alan Brooke — Peterloo: The Aftermath in West Yorkshire

This talk covers the period of the aftermath of the Peterloo Massacre in West Yorkshire and looks at how the event intensified political tensions and polarised opinions, leading to intensified repression by the government and the driving underground of the movement for radical reform of parliament. It also describes some of the social and economic problems affecting textile workers and miners that increased fears of growing class conflict linked to political discontent. The account ends on the eve of the uprising of 1820.

Alan Brooke is author, along with Lesley Kipling, of Liberty or Death – Radicals, Republicans and Luddites in the Huddersfield Area, published by Huddersfield Local History Society (2012). He has written several booklets on aspects of local working class life, including accounts of miners and hand-loom weavers. He is a former miner who worked at Emley Moor Colliery and a retired archaeologist. His website is Underground Histories.

Alan recorded this audio talk at his home near Honley. The online video presentation includes a small number of maps.

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