Join us for FREE arts workshops to celebrate the launch of the Rooms of Our Own exhibition.
The exhibition is open at the Manchester Histories Hub in the lower ground floor of Manchester Central Library.
Add to a collective banner, design your own flag, or even create and share a zine reflecting on what the future might hold for gender equality. Get involved in other crafts and activities that will help empower and pave the way for a better future.
No need to book – just drop in!
Thursday 13th October 5pm – 7pm Zine Making – Designing the future for gender equality (Suitable for 16-18 years old)
Saturday 15th October 11am – 3pm Family Friendly craft day – Banner making and flag designing (Suitable for Over 5 years old)
Where: Manchester Histories Hub, Lower Ground Floor of Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester, M2 5PD
The Rooms of Our Own project’s aim was to reveal the hidden ‘herstory’ of the Pankhurst Centre from the 1970s to 2014.
As well as saving the at-risk paper archive which offers a rich account of women’s activism in the region, documenting the activities of the women who fought to save the building – the birth place of the suffragette movement – we wanted to collect women’s stories in their own words through a series of oral history interviews.
At the end of 2021 young volunteers were trained by Historian Dr Michala Hulme in the practice of oral history interviews. In 2022 they began to collect the oral history interviews of eight women involved in the fundraising, building and management of the Pankhurst Centre.
You can listen to short excerpts of the interviews below.
The collection of the oral history interviews is very important to ensure the women involved in the Pankhurst Trust’s stories are recorded in their own words. Their contributions to the landscape of women’s heritage in the region should be celebrated.
Helen Pankhurst CBE Patron of the Pankhurst Trust and Great-Granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst
Linda Carver, Julie Woodruff and Margaret Banton Hired to help work on the construction of the building
Janet Pickering Current Pankhurst Trust Volunteer and Trustee
Karen Clarke Chair of the Pankhurst Trust (1984 – 1999)
Sarah Vince Pankhurst Centre Tourism Officer (1990 – 1993)
Dr Stella Butler Secretary of the Pankhurst Trust (1984 – 1999)
We launched the exhibition last week! Project Ambassadors and contributors celebrated all their hard work with cupcakes and rebel songs accompanying violinist Rachel Swanick. Photos by Bernadette Delaney.
Sixty ten year olds in one afternoon – no problem!
The Pankhurst Centre was delighted to open its doors to year six pupils from Manley Park Primary school. Having just started the new academic year off with a project on the suffragettes and gender equality, they seized the opportunity to come see the home of Emmeline and her family for themselves and to share their thoughts on key issues of today.
In response to the question ‘What do we need to change over the next 100 years?’ they provided a very long and considered list of issues they care about to include tackling the gender pay gap, equality, planting more trees, women’s rights, supporting diversity and banning single use plastic.
We look forward to seeing how they implement some of these changes within their own schools and communities in their passionate quest to make a difference…
“We are delighted that the Pankhurst Centre’s vision of how the milestone of 2018 is marked will be supported by the Government’s Centenary Cities programme. Women’s roles in history have been underrepresented, and 2018 is giving us the opportunity to help us address this.”
Gail Heath, Chief Executive for the Pankhurst Trust
“It’s fantastic that the Pankhurst Centre and Our Emmeline statue have received government support. For the Pankhurst Centre this means that the house where the suffragette movement started will feature as a central part of the plans to mark the Representation of the People Act (1918)”
Dr Helen Pankhurst – Great-Granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Patron of the Pankhurst Trust and the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Campaign.