Pankhurst Trust

Pankhurst Trust

Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the suffragette movement. She was born in Manchester, England in 1858. She was the daughter of Richard Pankhurst, a lawyer and social reformer, and Emmeline Goulden, a Quaker and women's rights activist.

Pankhurst became involved in the women's suffrage movement in the early 1880s. She was a founding member of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) in 1897. However, she became frustrated with the NUWSS's slow progress, and she founded the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1903.

The WSPU was a more militant organization than the NUWSS. Pankhurst and her followers used a variety of tactics to achieve their goals, including peaceful protests, hunger strikes, and property damage. They were often arrested and imprisoned for their activities. The WSPU was particularly active in Scotland, and many Scottish women were inspired by Pankhurst's leadership to join the fight for women's suffrage.

Despite the challenges they faced, the WSPU was successful in winning the right to vote for women in 1918. Pankhurst's leadership and the WSPU's militant tactics were instrumental in achieving this victory.


Meeting of the WSPU, old photo on the peoples hub

Meeting of the WSPU


Pankhurst was a controversial figure during her lifetime. She was criticized for her militant tactics, and she was even accused of being a terrorist. However, she is now widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of the women's rights movement.

Pankhurst was a strong and determined woman who was willing to fight for what she believed in. She was a role model for women around the world, and she helped to change the course of history.

Here are some of Emmeline Pankhurst's most famous quotes:

  • "Deeds, not words, are what women need."
  • "Be a rebel, not a slave."

  • “I am what you call a hooligan”
  • "The vote is the key to the door of women's freedom."
  • "Courage calls to courage everywhere."

  • "We are here, not for ourselves, but for the future of the race."
  • “Is there any limit to what we can do, except the limit we put upon ourselves?”
  • "Day by day our members went forth and held street meetings. Selecting a favourable spot, with a chair for a rostrum..."
  • "We have to free half of the human race, the #women, so that they can help to free the other half."

Pankhurst's legacy is one of courage, determination, and hope. She showed the world that women are capable of great things, and she helped to pave the way for a more just and equal society.


The Pankhurst Trust

The Pankhurst Trust is a registered charity that was founded in 1987 to preserve and promote the Pankhurst family's legacy. The Trust runs the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester, which is a museum dedicated to the history of the women's suffrage movement. The Trust also provides educational resources and outreach programs to raise awareness of women's rights.

Pankhurst Trust incorporates the Pankhurst Centre and Women's Aid in Manchester. It is the home of Emmeline Pankhurst, photo on the peoples hub

The Pankhurst Trust incorporates the Pankhurst Centre and Manchester Women's Aid. They are located at 62 Nelson Street in Manchester. The Pankhurst Centre is a place of inspiration to women as well as a place of safety and support to those who have suffered the horrors of domestic abuse. This was the home of Emmeline Pankhurst between 1898 to 1907 and host to the very first meeting of what became the Suffragettes. Today the Pankhurst Centre is a visitor museum celebrating an extraordinary woman and movement.

Since it incorporated Manchester Woman’s Aid in 2014, it provides a vibrant space where women learn together, take on joint projects and socialise. And through Woman’s Aid the Centre provides what can be life-saving support to sufferers of domestic violence and abuse.

Through outreach, group work sessions, children’s play, safe homes and education, its aim is to create a world in which domestic violence no longer exists. The Pankhurst Centre is one of the UK’s most significant and iconic places and the aim now is to raise the funds to properly enshrine it as a world class museum and visitor centre. It is after all where the successful campaign to win women’s right to vote started and women were inspired to fight their rightful place as equals.

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60-62 Nelson St, Manchester M13 9WP, UK
0161 660 7999
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


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