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The Pankhurst Centre

The Pankhurst Centre is an iconic Manchester landmark and attracts visitors from all walks of life. It was originally 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.


Restoration work starts. To ensure women were involved in the centre’s redevelopment, we recruited through Community Programme Schemes to bring in female labourers to the site.


The Centre is opened by Helen Pankhurst – 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 ensured 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 create a more equal world.


Thirty years on, the Pankhurst Centre still 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.

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