Updated: Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 @ 3:52pm

'Maintain their legacy': Manchester suffragette house to be opened to public

'Maintain their legacy': Manchester suffragette house to be opened to public

| By Jonny Yates

The house that held the meetings of the famous suffragettes will be open to the public this weekend in celebration of the film based upon the movement.

For the first time a film will tell the story of the suffragette movement which began at 62 Nelson Street, Manchester, the home of Emmeline Pankhurst, and ended in parliament with Votes for Women.

Visitors will have the chance to stand in the Pankhurst Trust parlours where the course of history was changed.

Gail Heath, Chief Executive of the Pankhurst Trust said: “The film gives us a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the suffragettes.

“It reminds us of the challenges they faced, and their strength and courage in pursuing their quest for equality and why today we continue to work to maintain their legacy.”

The open weekend will be an exciting opportunity to experience the real site of the movements roots, before the film is released on Monday October 12.

Dr Helen Pankhurst, Emmeline’s great-granddaughter, said: “Suffragette is a beautiful, powerful and ultimately uplifting film.

“I hope it will inspire all those who watch it, reminding them of past sacrifices and present benefits.”

The film marks a celebratory occasion for the Pankhurst Trust as there are plans to develop the small museum into a ‘must see’ attraction in Manchester in time for the 2018 centenary of women getting the partial vote.

The film’s charity premiere on Friday October 9 will begin the aid of the Pankhurst Trust, which will continue with a fundraising campaign for 2018s plans, supported by Dr Helen Pankhurst.

The Pankhurst Trust will be open from 10am-4pm all weekend.