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New project to unlock the story of the Pankhurst family

Mather & Co have been appointed to develop a new permanent exhibition on the Pankhurst family at their former home in Manchester, known as the Pankhurst Centre. 

From 1898 to 1907, 62 Nelson Street was home to Emmeline Pankhurst and her family, and is where the first meeting of the suffragette movement took place. It’s where leading campaigners in the votes for women movement would gather and where Emmeline would first utter the call for action, “Deeds Not Words”.

The project aims to inspire young audiences with the history of the suffragette movement and to empower the next generation to make change in the world we live in today. The exhibition will showcase the Pankhurst family’s achievements to visitors in new and engaging ways. The project has been made possible thanks to funding from AIM Biffa Award History Makers, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

The completion of At Home with the Pankhurst Family will mark the reopening of the Pankhurst Centre, which has been closed due to the impact of Covid-19, and is due to take place in summer 2021.

“The significance of this building not only in the story of the Pankhurst family and their role in the continuing campaign for women’s rights and freedoms, but also in the socio-political history of Manchester cannot be underrepresented. This building has an important story to tell and we hope to inspire debate and thought within its walls for many years to come,” said Leanne Clydesdale, project designer at Mather & Co.

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