People Power

In 2019 we celebrated 'People Power' – the ability of local communities, groups and individuals to evoke change.

This theme was inspired by two contrasting anniversaries, which highlight the different forms of People Power:

  • 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre: British forces attacked a massive pro-democracy rally on St Peter’s Field, Manchester. The ensuing outrage helped publicise the call for parliamentary representation and led to the founding of the Guardian newspaper.

  • 25th anniversary of Heritage Open Days:  Over the years, we’ve seen many of you do extraordinary things for your communities: opening museums, creating networks, saving sites from unsuitable developments. All of these have made - and continue to make -  a real difference. 

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