The Pankhurst

The Pankhurst "Deeds not words" 62 Nelson Street, Manchester, the birthplace of the Suffragette movement, is now the Pankhurst Centre. Entry is free.
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The Centre houses a small museum and heritage centre that remains as a legacy to the Pankhurst family and the Suffragette movement, and also serves as a women’s community centre. This historically significant building was the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family who led the Suffragette campaign for Votes for Women, and is the place where the first meeting of the Women’s Social and Political U

nion was held.The heritage centre has information about the Pankhursts and the Suffragette movement. This is open to the general public on Thursdays from 11am - 4pm. As a women’s community centre it provides and offers space for activities and events run by women, for women. It offers a unique place in which women can learn together, work on projects and socialise. It is a vibrant centre that hosts a number of women’s organisations and projects that support women, thus continuing the struggle that the Suffragettes began, fighting for women’s rights, all those years ago.

We are open Thursdays & Sundays until Thurs 21st December 2023, 11am to 4pm (last entry 3) . Escape the Christmas city r...
09/12/2023

We are open Thursdays & Sundays until Thurs 21st December 2023, 11am to 4pm (last entry 3) . Escape the Christmas city rush in our small but mighty museum and tiny tearoom, or shop for last minute gifts in our pop up shop! We look forward to welcoming you!

09/12/2023

🎄 Behind Door No. 9... The Suffragette! 🎄

The Suffragette was the official newspaper of the WSPU from 1912, edited by Christabel Pankhurst. The paper replaced the previous newspaper, Votes for Women, after Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence (its editor) was dismissed from the WSPU.

Our tiny Heritage team (2 of 3!) had a fab night out at The Lowry yesterday, watching the UTTERLY INSPIRING Fantasticall...
08/12/2023

Our tiny Heritage team (2 of 3!) had a fab night out at The Lowry yesterday, watching the UTTERLY INSPIRING Fantastically Great Women musical, based on books by Kate Pankhurst. A very coolly dressed Emmeline Pankhurst starred plus lots of inspirational women! Should we get a new museum uniform based on this? Cast photo of Emmeline, Suffragettes and young girl by Pamela Raith Photography.

08/12/2023

🎄 Behind Door No. 8... Clara Codd! 🎄

Clara Codd joined the WSPU in 1907, and in October 1908 she was arrested for taking part in the 'rush' on the House of Commons. She was also a member of the Theosophical Society, to which she devoted her life after leaving the WSPU.

07/12/2023

🎄 Behind Door No. 7... a Holloway brooch! 🎄

This brooch was designed by Sylvia Pankhurst, and it was awarded to suffragettes who served time in Holloway prison. It consists of silver portcullis (the symbol of Parliament) and an arrow enamelled in purple, white and green.

We’re open today from 11 to 4, last entry 3 – for feminists, explorers, and anyone that needs a stocking filler! Come an...
07/12/2023

We’re open today from 11 to 4, last entry 3 – for feminists, explorers, and anyone that needs a stocking filler! Come and find out all about the suffragettes and radical Manchester.

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Be immersed in the story of the Pankhurst Family at home and the founding of the Suffragette movement from this historic building in 1903

Don't have a ticket to the iconic Chanel show tomorrow? Visit us and find out more about Manchester ICON Emmeline Pankhu...
06/12/2023

Don't have a ticket to the iconic Chanel show tomorrow? Visit us and find out more about Manchester ICON Emmeline Pankhurst instead! Tickets available for all slots, book your free ticket here: https://bit.ly/43l2AF9

Purple, green and white – the brand identity for the suffragettes was developed by Emmeline Pethick Lawrence to represen...
06/12/2023

Purple, green and white – the brand identity for the suffragettes was developed by Emmeline Pethick Lawrence to represent dignity, purity and hope. The colours were first worn by the suffragettes at Women’s Sunday in June 1908.

06/12/2023

🎄 Behind Door No. 6... Elizabeth Wolstenholme-Elmy! 🎄

Elizabeth Wolstenholme founded the Manchester Committee for the Enfranchisement of Women in 1866. She was known as the 'Scourge of the Commons' for her lobbying, and she joined the WSPU shortly after its formation in 1903.

It was our pleasure to welcome Susan Wildman to the Pankhurst Centre last Thursday, who gave a talk on Annie Kenney. Suc...
05/12/2023

It was our pleasure to welcome Susan Wildman to the Pankhurst Centre last Thursday, who gave a talk on Annie Kenney. Such a well-researched and engaging talk that covered so much of Annie's story.

Looking for something to do on a Thursday or a Sunday? Pop into our fantastic museum, pick up some stocking fillers and ...
05/12/2023

Looking for something to do on a Thursday or a Sunday? Pop into our fantastic museum, pick up some stocking fillers and learn more about the courageous suffragettes. Book here:

Be immersed in the story of the Pankhurst Family at home and the founding of the Suffragette movement from this historic building in 1903

05/12/2023

🎄 Behind Door No. 5... a mustard tin! 🎄

Suffragettes used household tins (like those for mustard and milk) to construct homemade explosives. In 1913, a mustard tin bomb was left in St Paul's Cathedral, but it failed to detonate. It is now in the City of London Police Museum.

Spud anyone? Did you know that Emily “Kitty” Willoughby Marshall was imprisoned for hurling a potato at then home secret...
04/12/2023

Spud anyone? Did you know that Emily “Kitty” Willoughby Marshall was imprisoned for hurling a potato at then home secretary Winston’s Churchill’s home? Read more here:

Museum of London: Votes for Women

04/12/2023

🎄 Behind Door No. 4... Dora Marsden! 🎄

Dora Marsden was an organiser for the WSPU in 1909-10, with responsibility for the Southport branch. In 1909, she & two other WSPU members hid in the roof of the Southport Empire Theatre for 15 hours in order to heckle Winston Churchill.

03/12/2023

🎄 Behind Door No. 3... a Votes for Women banner! 🎄

The iconic 1905 picture of Christabel Pankhurst & Annie Kenney preparing to attend a Liberal Party meeting with a Votes for Women banner was taken here at Nelson Street, and it's likely the banner was also made at the house.

We’re open today from 11 am to 4 pm (last entry 3!) and the parlour is dressed for a Victorian Christmas! Explore the Pa...
03/12/2023

We’re open today from 11 am to 4 pm (last entry 3!) and the parlour is dressed for a Victorian Christmas! Explore the Pankhurst home, decorate a Christmas Card and have tea in our tiny tearoom.

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Be immersed in the story of the Pankhurst Family at home and the founding of the Suffragette movement from this historic building in 1903

02/12/2023

🎄 Behind Door No. 2... Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence! 🎄

Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence met Emmeline Pankhurst in 1906 and became a key member of the WSPU. She served as treasurer of the WSPU, and in 1907 she founded the Votes for Women newspaper with her husband.

01/12/2023

🎄 Behind Door No. 1... a toffee hammer! 🎄

These tiny hammers were designed for breaking up slabs of toffee, but suffragettes also used them for breaking windows & damaging glass, as they were easy to acquire and conceal in a handbag or clothing.

It's oh so quiet at The Pank today - we have plenty of space for visitors, and we are putting up our Christmas Tree! Com...
30/11/2023

It's oh so quiet at The Pank today - we have plenty of space for visitors, and we are putting up our Christmas Tree! Come in out of the cold, explore the Pankhurst home and warm up in our tiny tearoom. Last entrance 3pm. Just drop in or book a free ticket: https://bit.ly/43l2AF9

  30 November, women in Germany, in 1918, gained the right to vote. Find out more here:
30/11/2023

30 November, women in Germany, in 1918, gained the right to vote.

Find out more here:

This blog post describes the history of women's suffrage in Germany.

We’re open today from 11 am to 4 pm (last entry 3!) Come and find your favourite stocking fillers at our shop and discov...
30/11/2023

We’re open today from 11 am to 4 pm (last entry 3!) Come and find your favourite stocking fillers at our shop and discover fascinating stories about the suffragettes.

Book here:

Be immersed in the story of the Pankhurst Family at home and the founding of the Suffragette movement from this historic building in 1903

We've had 2 tickets returned for tomorrow night's Annie Kenney Talk here at The Pankhurst. If you missed out and want to...
29/11/2023

We've had 2 tickets returned for tomorrow night's Annie Kenney Talk here at The Pankhurst. If you missed out and want to book tickets, here's the link with more info: https://bit.ly/3QVX3kB

Are you doing   this month - a challenge to write every day during November? Every Wednesday in November - Hannah, our E...
29/11/2023

Are you doing this month - a challenge to write every day during November?

Every Wednesday in November - Hannah, our Engagement Officer, has a creative prompt from our museum that might help to get you started.

Happy challenge!

Learn more from our Heritage Manager Emma McBeath and Sarah Allen about the Leeds suffragette: Leonora Cohen who lived u...
29/11/2023

Learn more from our Heritage Manager Emma McBeath and Sarah Allen about the Leeds suffragette: Leonora Cohen who lived until 105 and wore many hats– suffragette, Justice of the Peace, rent campaigner, California redwood saver:

Find out more about Leonora Cohen, a Suffragette from Leeds who knew Emmeline Pankhurst and was famously arrested for causing damage in the Tower of London! ...

We’re open on Thursdays and Sundays – learn more about the legacy of Emmeline Pankhurst, the suffragettes and radical Ma...
28/11/2023

We’re open on Thursdays and Sundays – learn more about the legacy of Emmeline Pankhurst, the suffragettes and radical Manchester.

Book here:

Be immersed in the story of the Pankhurst Family at home and the founding of the Suffragette movement from this historic building in 1903

Suffragettes were fantastic campaigners and extremely adept at getting the newspapers and new media like silent film to ...
27/11/2023

Suffragettes were fantastic campaigners and extremely adept at getting the newspapers and new media like silent film to get their messages across. Learn more from BFI here:

BFI's silent film curator, Bryony Dixon, explores the BFI National Archive's holdings around women's suffrage.

We're excited to be hosting the Trailblazers project banner here at the museum until 21st December 2023. Pop in to see i...
26/11/2023

We're excited to be hosting the Trailblazers project banner here at the museum until 21st December 2023. Pop in to see it, find out why it was made and discover some lesser-known historical trailblazing Manchester women! Open Thursdays & Sundays, 11am til 4pm, with last entry 3. Book tickets to visit through our Eventbrite page.

We are open for history explorers, feminists, families and shoppers today on  . Open 11am to 4, last entry 3. Book your ...
26/11/2023

We are open for history explorers, feminists, families and shoppers today on . Open 11am to 4, last entry 3. Book your free tickets or pop in for a browse.

Our two Emmas (Heritage Manager and Board Member) attended the inaugural “I Love Manchester” awards yesterday. Huge cong...
24/11/2023

Our two Emmas (Heritage Manager and Board Member) attended the inaugural “I Love Manchester” awards yesterday. Huge congrats to Jane Kenyon of Girls Out Loud CIC, winner of the first ever Emmeline Pankhurst Award, which Emma M (our Heritage Manager) judged & presented!

  in 1906, suffragist Millicent Fawcett arranged a “welcome home” dinner at the Savoy Hotel for the suffragette prisoner...
24/11/2023

in 1906, suffragist Millicent Fawcett arranged a “welcome home” dinner at the Savoy Hotel for the suffragette prisoners sent to jail the previous month.

Come and learn more about Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes and buy something amazing from our wonderful makers. O...
23/11/2023

Come and learn more about Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes and buy something amazing from our wonderful makers. Open from 11 am to 4 pm, last entry 3.

Meet The Sculpts - a small creative business who make and design the amazing Manchester Alphabet Tiles. They make an exc...
22/11/2023

Meet The Sculpts - a small creative business who make and design the amazing Manchester Alphabet Tiles. They make an exclusive “S” for Suffragette coaster * just* for us, which you can buy in our pop-up shop on our open days (Thurs & Sun).

Find out more about our S for Suffragette ceramic makers, The Sculpts, and visit us for on Sunday 26th Nov to pick up some of their goodies.

Brainchild of architect Richard Bennett, The Sculpts was founded in 2020. What began as a handful of lettered tile designs quickly turned into a distinctive range.

Are you doing    this month - a challenge to write every day during November?Every Wednesday in November - Hannah, our E...
22/11/2023

Are you doing this month - a challenge to write every day during November?

Every Wednesday in November - Hannah, our Engagement Officer, has a creative prompt from our museum that might help you get started.

Happy challenge!

  in 1910, 200 suffragettes marched on Downing Street, smashing windows at the Colonial Office and Home Office and on As...
22/11/2023

in 1910, 200 suffragettes marched on Downing Street, smashing windows at the Colonial Office and Home Office and on Asquith’s car.

  in 1911, at the 10th Women’s Parliament the WSPU received calls for direct action and more window smashing – 184 arres...
21/11/2023

in 1911, at the 10th Women’s Parliament the WSPU received calls for direct action and more window smashing – 184 arrests were made for “stone throwing and obstruction”. Read more here:

Demonstration in Parliament Square Report by the police to the Serjeant-at-Arms on a demonstration in Parliament Square on 21 November 1911 by the Women's Social and Political Union. Various people including 'Mrs Solomon the aged Suffragette' tried unsuccessfully to get into the Houses of Parliamen...

We have handful of tickets remaining for our talk by Susan Wildman on Annie Kenney, Oldham suffragette and close friend ...
21/11/2023

We have handful of tickets remaining for our talk by Susan Wildman on Annie Kenney, Oldham suffragette and close friend of the Pankhurst Family. Tickets £10, find out more and book through Eventbrite on our website.

We are open Thursdays and Sundays this week for visitors, 11 am to 4pm (last entry 3pm). Come and experience the parlour...
21/11/2023

We are open Thursdays and Sundays this week for visitors, 11 am to 4pm (last entry 3pm). Come and experience the parlour where the suffragette movement was founded!
Free tickets, book here:

Be immersed in the story of the Pankhurst Family at home and the founding of the Suffragette movement from this historic building in 1903

Heritage Manager Emma McBeath interviews Cat Crossley from Clavis & Claustra who makes suffragette stationery and descri...
20/11/2023

Heritage Manager Emma McBeath interviews Cat Crossley from Clavis & Claustra who makes suffragette stationery and describes herself as a “pun-loving feminist with a stationery habit and a herstory obsession.” Read here:

Emma McBeath, Heritage Manager at The Pankhurst Centre, interviewed Cat Crossley from the iconic stationery brand Clavis & Claustra. We’re happy stockists of Clavis & Claustra at The Pankhurst Centre.

Sunday 26th November is   so this week we’ll be share info about some of the makers whose stock we sell. Our pop-up shop...
20/11/2023

Sunday 26th November is so this week we’ll be share info about some of the makers whose stock we sell. Our pop-up shop is open on our museum days - Thursdays and Sundays. Pop in for a browse!

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60-62 Nelson Street
Manchester
M139WP

Opening Hours

Thursday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Website

http://Www.pankhurstmuseum.com/

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60-62 Nelson Street, Manchester was the birthplace of the suffragette movement, and now houses a small museum, heritage centre and women’s service. 62 Nelson Street was the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family; it was in the parlour of this house that the Women’s Social and Political Union - the campaign for Votes for Women that became known as the suffragettes - began. The museum and heritage centre is open to the public on Thursdays from 10am-4pm, and on the second and fourth Sunday of the month, from 1-4pm. We think everyone should have access to this important place, so work hard to ensure entry remains free.

The Pankhurst Centre is the headquarters of Manchester Women’s Aid, which provides advice and support to those experiencing domestic violence and abuse. The Centre also provides space for other services, activities and events run by women; we host a number of women’s organisations and projects that support women, and continue to fight for women’s rights today, as the suffragettes did all those years ago.

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