Popular protest is on the rise but there’s a long history of women’s activism in the North, with particularly strong connections in Manchester.

Researchers are calling for people to step forward and help remember these inspirational stories.

‘Remembering Resistance: A Century of Women’s Protest in the North of England’ is a new project from Lancaster University that brings the history of women’s activism to life.  

“We’re looking for volunteers to help gather information and collect stories, about women who have fought for political change,” says researcher Dr Sarah Marsden, a lecturer in Protest in a Digital Age at Lancaster University, who is calling for women to take part.

“We want to ensure that the memories of women activists aren’t lost and that women’s role in political protest is heard.

“We are currently looking for volunteers to work in a number of roles on the project, as researchers, as oral historians and to assist with community events across the area including in Manchester.”

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, ‘Remembering Resistance’ is inspired by the centenary of the Representation of the People’s Act, the law that gave all men and some women the right to vote.

Manchester has strong connections to those who fought for this right, with a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the WSPU, being unveiled in the city last month.To learn more about the project, including how to become a volunteer or an interviewee, please visit the website: www.rememberingresistance.com, follow the project on Twitter @rememberresist or email the team: rememberingresistance@gmail.com


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