Now you can make yourself ‘At Home With The Pankhurst Family’

It was in October 1903 that I invited a number of women to my house in Nelson Street, Manchester, for purposes of organisation…Deeds, not words was to be our permanent motto

The words of Emmeline Pankhurst ring throughout the house here at Nelson Street and you can now explore our new immersive exhibition which tells the story of the Pankhurst Family and their lives in this radical home, as they began their fight for equality and took their campaign from parlour to parliament.

Our visitors are loving the hands-on exhibition, where you can explore the family’s lives, experience immersive AV interpretation of the suffragette fight for the vote, and then don a sash, pull up a seat at the parlour table and walk in the footsteps of these inspirational women.

inspiring…emotional…great…interesting…amazing…strong women…

These are some of the comments from people who’ve visited. Join us to explore this extraordinary story yourself.

We’re open every Thursday (and on Sundays from summer 2022) from 11am to 4pm. For more details, including how to book, see our museum website, here.

And find out more about this transformative project here 

We’re finally back!

We have really been missing all our visitors and are thoughts have been with you all during what has been, and continues to be, a very difficult year.  Our doors have been closed since the first lockdown in March, but now that our tiny team is back at work we wanted share an update on our situation and some news to look forward to in 2021!

Although the Pankhurst Centre is closed to visitors at the moment,  we are busy working on a project that will transform your future visit.  This means that, following Covid lockdowns and the work that we need to carry out, it will be summer 2021 when we reopen.

A new permanent exhibition At Home with the Pankhurst Family will explore the lives of the radical family that once lived at 62 Nelson Street, and transform the experience of visiting the Pankhurst Centre.  Funded by AIM Biffa Award, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund, we hope that the stories shared will be inspiring and empowering to a new generation of activists and change makers.

We are also delighted to have been awarded funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to support the development of the Pankhurst Centre archive.  Rooms of Our Own: A Herstory of the Pankhurst Centre will seek to make our important archive of feminist material accessible and focuses on the period from 1974, when the campaign to save Emmeline Pankhurst’s former home from destruction began, to 2014.

As a small team we are incredibly grateful that during this vulnerable time for cultural organisations that The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund has contributed towards our immediate costs over the next four months.  This will help us to keep on with development work necessary to make these new projects happen and for our small team to continue to work remotely.

We hope that this is the beginning of the future that we know the Pankhurst Centre deserves, one in which the birthplace of the suffragette movement is properly conserved and restored, and is able to welcome visitors from across the world.  Thanks to our funding partners we are taking an important step forward in achieving this long-term future vision and thanks to emergency funding our survival over the next few months has also been assured.

It’s great to have positive news to share, but our fundraising quest continues.  You can help by becoming a Friend of the Pankhurst Centre or making a donation to the Pankhurst Centre.  

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