Historic Pankhurst

Posted at 2:48 pm on 19th December, 2018

6th Form History students had the privilege of visiting Manchester City Centre, St Peter’s Square on the same day as the unveiling of Pankhurst memorial statue.

Our Year 13 students spent the day researching at Manchester Central Library to help with their A Level coursework assignment.  Students were shown relevant primary source material in addition to academic texts and had the opportunity to research key areas and events.

Their beyond the classroom learning coincided with the unveiling of the Emmeline Pankhurst statue in St Peter’s Square; directly opposite to where students were conducting their research. 

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This life sized statue was unveiled exactly 100 Years after the first woman voted in an election in the UK.  It was also the first statue of a woman erected in Manchester since Queen Victoria was unveiled in Piccadilly Gardens over 115 years ago. 

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According to the BBC the historic event was attended by over 7000 people from local schools, colleges, political parties and dignitaries.  The ceremony lasted for over an hour and included speeches, a film and musical events. Local Councillor Andrew Simcock, who started the female statue campaign and was the only man to address the launch. The ceremony culminated with the statue being unveiled, with thousands of onlookers chanting “deeds not words”. 

Erin Jones, Head Girl and A level History student said “It was inspirational to see how one woman has changed History.  It was nice to see that everyone there was united and so many people came to the event”