24 January 2018
Helen Pankhurst will be returning to the former home of her great grandmother, suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst exactly 100 years from when the legislation giving the first women the vote was passed.
Dr Helen Pankhurst will be returning to the former home of her great grandmother, suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst exactly 100 years from when the legislation giving the first women the vote was passed.
This will be an open house event that celebrates the release of Dr Pankhurst's book Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights – Then and Now and marks this political milestone in British history, which people are invited to share with Helen Pankhurst and the Pankhurst Trust.
It was in the parlour of 60-62 Nelson Street, now the small Pankhurst Centre museum, that Emmeline Pankhurst held the first meeting to create the Women’s Social and Political Union, members of which would become known as suffragettes. It is also in this room that the immortal Deeds Not Words was first declared.
Dr Pankhurst says, “It was very important to me that I should be at the Pankhurst Centre, my family’s former home and a place that was the backdrop to pivotal moments in history, to mark the centenary of the passing of the legislation that gave the first women the right to vote. This is a moment of great poignancy, as we remember those who over many, many years have contributed to the fight for equality and reflect upon how much further there is to go.”
At 8pm, the exact moment that the legislation was passed, female choir Cantare will sing the Pankhurst Anthem, brief speeches will take place and there will be a live Twitter storm.
Tickets to the event are free, with donations going towards the work of the Pankhurst Trust to transform the Pankhurst Centre into a world-leading museum that tells the story of the women that fought for the vote, the ongoing fight for equality and provides a permanent home for the Pankhurst legacy.
To book a ticket for the Open House Party and Book Launch visit the website.
Pankhurst Centre, 62 Nelson Street, Manchester M13 9WP; tel: 0161 273 5673; website.
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