62 Nelson Street is the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family. Pankhurst lived here with her 3 daughters from 1898 to 1907. Their parlour was the first meeting place of the Women’s Social and Political Union in October 1903, which later came to be known as the Suffragettes Movement. The building opened as the Pankhurst Centre in 1987 and today it is both a heritage site and a women’s community centre.
The museum is run by volunteers and is a great place to learn about the story of the women’s suffrage movement. There’s lots of information about Emmeline and her daughters Christabel, Sylvia and Adela, who each played an important role in the movement. Volunteers are on hand to answer your questions and tell you about the Pankhurst family’s history.
I really enjoyed the short documentary film which shows you an anti-suffragette propaganda film from the time, as well as original footage of the protests and marches. The parlour is decorated as it would have been in the Pankhurst’s time, and the garden round the back is a lovely little haven from the busy outside world, a great place to stop and read your book on a sunny afternoon.
The centre is open every Thursday and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. They sometimes hold heritage days and other events. Check out their website for updates.