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.