“It was in October, 1903, that I invited a number of women to my house in Nelson Street, Manchester, for purposes of organisation. We voted to call our new society the Women’s Social and Political Union…” from My Own Story, by Emmeline Pankhurst
The date of the launch of the Pankhurst Ambassador scheme was auspicious – 10 October – marking the anniversary of Emmeline Pankhurst’s setting up the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Nelson Street in 1903 and the anniversary of the opening of the Pankhurst Centre in 1987.
I’m delighted to be a Pankhurst Ambassador. I have huge admiration for the Pankhurst Trust’s role in sharing the Pankhurst and suffragette legacy, inspiring a new generation of activists, and its safeguarding of this iconic site of women’s political action at 62 Nelson Street.
It is an honour to work alongside some amazing ambassadors: Shami Chakrabati (Baroness Chakrabarti) CBE PC, Helen Pankhurst CBE, Sally Lindsay, Rowetta, Sally Carr, Lucy Powell MP, Octavia Goredema MBE FRSA, Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL Venessa Scott, Stacey Copeland, and Stella Butler.
Helen Pankhurst (Ambassador and Emmeline Pankhurst’s Great Grand-daughter) and Gail Heath (CEO Pankhurst Trust) speaking at the Ambassador launch event.
If you are in Manchester, visit the Emmeline Pankhurst statue in St Peter’s Square followed by a trip to the Pankhurst Centre:
The Pankhurst Centre, 60-62 Nelson St, Manchester, M13 9WP
The Pankhurst Centre is open to visitors on Thursdays from 10am – 4pm and from 1pm to 4pm on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Entry is free, but donations welcome.