UPDATED: 5 December 2018
The historical unveiling of Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue will be the first of a woman in Manchester since Queen Victoria was unveiled in 1901. The unveiling takes place on the 14 December, exactly one hundred years since the first women voted in a General Election.
Please join us at one of the two symbolic rallying points;
- The Pankhurst Centre, the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and the birthplace of the suffragette movement; and
- People’s History Museum, the national museum of democracy.
Marchers will converge on St Peter’s Square, welcomed by the uplifting voices of the Manchester Community Choir, where the main proceedings will begin at 12 noon.
The crowds will be addressed by Councillor Andrew Simcock (Chair of the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Committee), Helen Pankhurst (Emmeline’s Great Grand-daughter) and myself (sculptor). Also present will be the Baroness Williams (Minister for Equalities), Councillor June Hitchen (Lord Mayor of Manchester) and Councillor Sarah Judge (Manchester City Council Lead Member for Women). (More detail on timings here; and full press release here.)
Key times for Our Emmeline unveiling, Friday 14 December 2018, Manchester
Marchers rallying at People’s History Museum
9:30am People’s History Museum opens its Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition (note The Left Bank cafe bar opens from 8am)
11:15am marchers gather near the People’s History Museum in Great Northern Square
11.40am marchers set off from Great Northern Square making their way to St Peter’s Square
Marchers rallying at Pankhurst Centre
10.30am marchers gather near to the Pankhurst Centre on Denmark Road, by the side of The Whitworth
11:20am marchers set off from Denmark Road making their way to St Peter’s Square
St Peter’s Square
11:05am screenings to commence, including a film of the making of Our Emmeline, in St Peter’s Square
12.00pm all marchers arrive at St Peter’s Square
12:10pm unveiling to commence
6,000 waterproof ponchos in suffragette colours are being made available by the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Campaign. These along with an order of service can be collected from the People’s History Museum, the Pankhurst Centre and Manchester Central Library. Also available will be suffragette sashes and rosettes, which are being provided by Manchester City Council for marchers to wear on the day.
For further information on the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Campaign and full details on the programme and timings for 14 December 2018 visit: www.womanchesterstatue.org.