“It was in October, 1903, that I invited a number of women to my house in Nelson Street, Manchester, for purposes of organisation. We voted to call our new society the Women’s Social and Political Union…”
from My Own Story, by Emmeline Pankhurst
October is our most important month at the Pankhurst Centre: it's the anniversary of the founding of the suffragette movement on October 10, 1903, right here at Emmeline Pankhurst’s house, and also of the opening of The Pankhurst Centre as a museum on the same day in 1987.
Now, 116 years after that very first suffragette meeting, and 32 years after our museum first opened, we’re honouring the special anniversary with a cluster of special events – something which will become an annual tradition for us.
On Thursday, October 10, you’ll be able to visit the museum to walk in the footsteps of the pioneering women who began the suffragette movement, on the anniversary of its first meeting!
Come along to meet the inspirational Dr Helen Pankhurst, Emmeline Pankhurst’s great-granddaughter, writer and equalities activist, who opened the museum along with Barbara Castle back in 1987. She’ll be here at 12 noon to talk about the centre and her work.
Following Helen's talk there'll be rousing suffragette songs to enjoy, with musician Rachel Swanick from 1.30pm, and a chance to see archive material relating to the incredible history of 62 Nelson Street, and to talk to our curator, Dr Tessa Chynoweth, too.
All this plus Pankhurst Pastries & coffee on offer in our tiny tea room from 10am - 12 noon, and tea and cake in the afternoon!
The October Celebration event is free to attend, but please do consider making a donation to our museum, which receives no public funding, to help keep this unique place open and accessible to all.