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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Pankhurst Centre

The Pankhurst Centre in Manchester consists of numbers 60 and 62 Nelson Street which have been saved from demolition due to their historical importance. The buildings now serve as a museum and a women's centre.

The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester.

It was at 62 Nelson Street that the first meeting of the Suffragettes was held in 1903 and it was here that Emiline Pankhurst (1858-1928) lived with her daughters Christabel and Sylvia from 1897-1907 before they moved to London.

Saved from being torn down by a public outcry in 1979, the properties were taken over by the Pankhurst Trust which raised the money to restore them in 1984. The Pankhurst Centre was officially opened on 11th October 1987, the anniversary of the first meeting of the Suffragettes in 1903.

Emiline (aka Emily) Pankhurst and her husband became part of a politically active circle in Britain which included Annie Besant, Keir Hardie, George Bernard Shaw and William Morris.

The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester, UK.

Manchester had been at the centre of the demand for women's suffrage with the first public meeting on the subject held at the Free Trade Hall (now the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel) in 1868.

However, it was to take a further 60 years of struggle before women in Britain were granted full voting rights in 1928.

It was the establishment of the women-only Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) at 62 Nelson Street in Manchester and the increasing militancy of its members that forced the issue with the governments of the day.

After World War I, certain women over 30 were granted voting rights. In 1928 women were granted full voting rights in the UK just days after Pankhurst's death.

The Pankhurst Centre
60-62 Nelson Street
Chorlton on Medlock
M13 9WP
Tel: 0161 273 5673

Opening hours: Thursday 10am-4pm

The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester.

The Pankhurst Centre is located within the precincts of Manchester Royal Infirmary off Oxford Road close to the University area. From Piccadilly Station take a 147 bus or from Piccadilly Gardens bus station take any of 15, 16, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 48, 111, 130, 140, 141, 142, 143, X57.

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