Early February is the centenary of the Representation of the People Act – the law that first gave British women the right to vote. To mark this event, Helen Pankhurst will be returning to the former home of her great grandmother Emmeline, the famed political activist. She will be launching, and signing copies of, her new book, ‘Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights – Then and Now’ at the Pankhurst Centre on Nelson Street. This open house event will let visitors explore this historic building, which was the venue for the first meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union, members of which later became known as the Suffragettes. At 8pm, the exact moment that the legislation was passed, the female choir Cantare will sing the protest song ‘The Pankhurst Anthem’. Brief speeches will take place and there will be a live ‘Twitter storm’. Tickets to the event are free, with all donations going towards the work of the Pankhurst Trust.

Tue 6 Feb, The Pankhurst Centre, 60-62 Nelson Street, Manchester, M13 9WP. Tel: 0161 273 5673, 5pm – 10pm, FREE, www.eventbrite.com

Tue 6 Feb
A. James Simpkin
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Tue 6 Feb 2018