Bury College Access students took a step back in time when they visited the Pankhurst Centre to gain a deeper understanding of the British Suffragette movement.

Learners studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Education and Humanities visited the birthplace of the Suffragette movement to enhance their history knowledge. The centre houses a small museum and heritage centre that remains as a legacy to the Pankhurst family and the Suffragette movement. It also serves as a women’s community centre.

The historically significant building, based in Manchester city centre, was the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family who led the Suffragette campaign for Votes for Women. It is the place where the first meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union was held. This centre also hosts a number of women’s organisations and projects that support women.

Students enjoyed seeing a variety of original items from Pankhurst’s life, along with video featuring the major events of the Suffragette campaign and were given the opportunity to dress as feminists.

Helen Dunbar, Lecturer in Access and Education said, “Standing in the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and seeing and touching her belongings, in the actual birthplace of the Suffragettes, really gave the students the opportunity to get close to the inimitable woman who was the driving force behind this ground-breaking movement."

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