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PHM closed throughout January 2024

People’s History Museum will close on Sunday 31 December 2023 and re-open on Thursday 1 February 2024 so that it can carry out further work as part of the Welcome Project at PHM, which stems from the museum’s vision to be an exemplar for accessibility.

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Installation | Manchester suffragette banner, 1908

Image of the Manchester suffragette banner from 1908 on display in Main Gallery One at People's History Museum.
Image of Senior Conservator Kloe Rumsey with the 1908 Manchester suffragette banner in The Conservation Studio at People’s History Museum.

First in the Fight, a banner's story

Watch PHM’s Head of Collections Jenny Mabbott tell the story of the banner and how Emmeline Pankhurst would influence the WSPU movement, and the significance of the message ‘First in the Fight’.

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Join a radical women tour

Images left to right: Mary Fildes on detail from Peterloo commemorative glass, date unknown, photograph of match girls, 1888, illustration of Sylvia Pankhurst by artist Halah El Kholy, 2019, and photograph of Jayaben Desai, date and copyright unknown. All images courtesy of People's History Museum.

Discover how women have campaigned for equality, from the women of Peterloo, to the Pankhursts, to the present, on a guided tour of PHM’s main galleries.

Suitable for 16+

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Bespoke buys from PHM shop

First in the Fight shop stock at People's History Museum shop.

Perfect gifts or souvenirs, pick up bespoke Manchester suffragette items and more when you visit PHM shop or online.  All purchases support the museum.

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Visit the Pankhurst Centre

Bust of Emmeline Pankhurst. Image courtesy of the Pankhurst Centre.

The Manchester suffragette banner celebrates the founding of the WSPU, which took place on 10 October 1903 at Emmeline Pankhurst’s home in Manchester.  Visit the Pankhurst Centre every Thursday and Sunday and discover the story of the Pankhurst family and the suffragette movement.

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