The Suffragettes Incarcerated

Today marks the opening of our new exhibition ‘Women Who Shaped Manchester’ which runs until the 10th of March 2019.

The exhibition showcases just some of the Manchester women who contributed to shaping the landscape of the bustling ‘cottonopolis’ of Manchester at the turn of the 19th century.

Amongst those women celebrated is Emmeline Pankhurst, the mother of the radical suffragette movement. In 1903 Emmeline Pankhurst set up the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in her Manchester parlour. Along with her daughters, Christabel and Sylvia, she was repeatedly imprisoned for her political protests.

Jane Donaldson has given kind permission to repost this blog that details her research into the correspondence of the Pankhurst family with Manchester Guardian editor CP Scott. The letters give real insight into the prison conditions faced by suffragettes and the struggle for women to be recognised as political prisoners.

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