Pankhurst Centre

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The Pankhurst Centre
historical place plaque on the wall of The Pankurst Centre
The Pankhurst Centre as seen from the Manchester Royal Infirmary car park

The Pankhurst Centre, 60–62 Nelson Street, Manchester, is a pair of Victorian villas, of which No. 62 was the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Sylvia, Christabel and Adela[1] and the birthplace of the suffragette movement.[2] The villas now form a centre that is a women-only space which creates a unique environment for women to learn together, work on projects and socialise. It is a Grade II* listed building as of 10 June 1974.[3]

It also contains a museum, The Pankhurst Parlour, which has become a memorial to the suffragette movement. Its Edwardian style furnishings evoke the home of Mrs Pankhurst and her daughters. The Parlour was the first room in the Pankhurst Centre to be redecorated and was the centre of attraction when Barbara Castle and Helen Pankhurst, Sylvia's granddaughter, opened the Centre on 10 October 1987.

The Women's Social and Political Union was founded in the parlour of Emmeline Pankhurst's home in October 1903.

The Pankhurst Centre is run by volunteers and receives no public funding, relying solely on donations. The Representation of the People Act gave the vote to all men aged 21 and over and women aged 30 and over who met certain property qualifications. In this centenary year calls have been made to fund the Pankhurst Centre to make it a major and significant museum that tells the story of women's suffrage and the women's rights movement. [4]

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  1. ^ Hartwell 2001, p 320
  2. ^ Anon. "The Pankhurst Centre". The Pankhurst Centre. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  3. ^ "The Pankhurst Centre 62, Manchester". British Listed Buildings.
  4. ^ Perraudin, Frances (31 December 2017). "Pankhurst Centre needs public funding, say women's rights activists". the Guardian. Retrieved 9 October 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hartwell, Clare (2001), Manchester, Pevsner Architectural Guides, London: Penguin, ISBN 0-14-071131-7

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Coordinates: 53°27′47.25″N 2°13′39″W / 53.4631250°N 2.22750°W / 53.4631250; -2.22750