The Pankhurst Centre in Manchester is the birthplace of the suffragette movement. The terraced house at 62 Nelson Street was home to Emmeline Pankhurst and her family from 1898 until 1907. Emmeline is famous for leading the suffragette campaign for Votes for Women. She was the pivotal component in the campaign. Although her tactics were often considered to be militant at the time.
In an attempt to gain attention to the cause and to provoke disruption, demonstrations were often marked with battles between the suffragettes and the police. Like many other suffragettes, Emmeline was arrested on a number of occasions and went on hunger strike. The first meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union was held at the family home in Manchester on 10th October 1903.
If the walls could talk, can you imagine the stories that this house could tell?