Peterloo - Two part event

A Commemoration In Words And Song and Witnesses To A Massacre

Two hundred years on from Manchester's notorious Peterloo Massacre, the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society will commemorate the victims of the Manchester Magistrates and Yeoman Cavalry's overzealous intentions to break up a peaceful gathering at St Peters Field.


1st May 2019, 7:00pm

The two cultures revisited: reframing the post-truth society - Members Only

Professor Ottoline Leyser

In 1959 CP Snow delivered the Rede Lecture outlining his concerns about the divide between the sciences and the humanities.  His narrative and proposed solutions have parallels with today’s debates about the wider place of science in society.

8th May 2019, 3:00pm

Thinking like a plant: how plants decide what to do

Professor Ottoline Leyser

It's easy to imagine that plants don’t do much because of our powerful prejudice that equates action with movement. But plants literally build themselves out of thin air and water, which is pretty extraordinary.

8th May 2019, 7:15pm

Percival Lecture: University cultural engagement in the 21-st century- case studies from the Directors of the Whitworth and Manchester Museum

Alistair Hudson and Esme Ward

The 2019 Percival Lecture will ask: ‘what does University cultural engagement in 21st century look like?’ and will be jointly delivered by two of the University’s new Cultural Institution Directors.

15th May 2019, 6:00pm

Peterloo Commemoration: walk the walk - Members Only

Ed Glinert

This guided tour, visiting the site of St Peter’s Field in Manchester city centre where the Peterloo Massacre took place, has been devised by Ed Glinert who brings his unique touch to this chilling story.


23rd May 2019, 1:00pm

Manchester Lecture - Heritage, World Heritage and UNESCO: a view from the North West of England

Henry Owen-John

Henry Owen-John will explore what World Heritage status means in practice and will consider some of the challenges the UK and our World Heritage Sites in the North West of England face in satisfying the terms of the Convention.

6th June 2019, 7:00pm