Discover the history of the struggle for rights and representation
16 August 2019 marked the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre, a key milestone in the campaign to reform Parliament in the 19th century, and an important part of Britain’s democratic heritage and history.
On this course, you will understand this event within a wider context of radicalism and reform over the 19th century.
You will start the course charting the charged political climate resulting from the American and French revolutions in the 18th century and conclude the course by examining the campaign for universal men’s and women’s suffrage in the early years of the 20th century.
When would you like to start?
Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.
Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in political and social history, including the history of British Parliament, trade unionism and the labour movement.
Who developed the course?
Royal Holloway, University of London
Queen Victoria presided over the grand opening of Royal Holloway in 1886. Since then the College has continued to grow in size and status to become one of the top research-led institutions in the UK.
People’s History Museum
The People’s History Museum is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future.