The Pankhurst Trust is calling on individuals and businesses to ensure that the story of the women who won the right to vote lives on to inspire and empower future generations by becoming a Friend of the Pankhurst. As the Trust marks the centenary of the first women achieving the right to vote in 2018, there has never been a better moment to carry out a supporting deed.
Friends of the Pankhurst Trust will help to bring to life the organisation’s vision for the future of the Pankhurst Centre, the former Manchester home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family and the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement, and keep alive their incredible legacy.
The aim is to create a world-class museum experience that encapsulates the history of the powerful women who won the vote and continues to strive to tackle gender inequality and injustice.
The centre currently houses a museum and heritage centre which acts as a focal point to celebrate and discover more about the campaign for women’s suffrage. As well as representing the opening chapters of this story, the Pankhurst Trust also addresses contemporary struggles to tackle gender inequality and injustice. As part of this work, the centre incorporates Manchester Women’s Aid as well as offering community space for activities and events run by women, for women.
Gail Heath, Chief Executive of The Pankhurst Trust (Incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid), says, “Becoming a Friend of The Pankhurst is about becoming a part of women’s history, making sure that people have access to the place where the suffrage movement began, as well as continuing Emmeline Pankhurst’s life work in supporting the fight for women’s equality. We look forward to taking our new Friends along with us on an incredible journey as we commemorate the 2018 landmark and realise the next steps of an exciting future for The Pankhurst.”
The Pankhurst Trust is commemorating 2018 with a series of creative activities and events that will celebrate the achievements of the inspiring women who won the vote. This will culminate in a submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding to protect and restore the heritage, history and architecture of 60-62 Nelson Street to create The Pankhurst Museum, ensuring that a permanent home for this revolutionary story remains in radical Manchester where it began.
Supporters are invited to become Friends by making regular monthly or annual donations starting from £10 a year. Friends will also receive regular newsletters and updates, invitations to events.
To become a Friend of the Pankhurst please download the form at http://www.thepankhurstcentre.