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The Pankhurst Centre

The Pankhurst Centre at numbers 60-62 Nelson Street is the birthplace of the suffragette movement and attracts visitors from across the globe. Number 62 was home to Emmeline Pankhurst and her family who led the suffragette campaign for Votes for Women - the first meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union was held here on 10th October 1903.


Emmeline Pankhurst and her family move into number 62 Nelson Street after the death of Emmeline's husband, Dr Richard Pankhurst.


Numbers 60 and 62 Nelson Street are listed as historically significant. Number 62 at Grade II* because of the association with the Pankhurst family, number 60 at Grade II. 


An application to demolish the buildings is received, and the campaign to rescue the buildings begins in earnest! 


Restoration work on the dilapidated buildings starts. Community Programme Schemes are used to make sure the work is completed by female labourers. 


The Pankhurst Centre is opened by Helen Pankhurst – Emmeline Pankhurst's great-granddaughter and Sylvia Pankhurst’s granddaughter – and Barbara Castle on October 11th, which coincided with the anniversary of the first meeting of the Suffragettes in 1903.


The Pankhurst Trust merges with Manchester Women’s Aid. This bringing together of two iconic forces in Manchester ensures that our vital work could continue. By understanding and promoting the historic links between women’s suffrage and the injustices and inequalities women still face today, we’re able to strive towards a more equal world.


The Pankhurst Centre stands as a permanent reminder of women’s fight to become full and equal citizens and in memory of the many women who took part in the struggle. The campaign for redevelopment begins! 

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