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Myths and Legends
Mrs Pankhurst and her daughters
Emmeline, Christabel & Sylvia Pankhurst, c1910

© Manchester Archives & Local Studies
Our father who art a liberal

Emmeline or Emily Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia are renowned as key figures in the Suffragette movement for the emancipation of women and the right to vote.

Husband and father Richard Pankhurst has until now existed largely as a footnote to the remarkable deeds of his female kin. However, was it not for his authorship of key parliamentary acts, fuelled by a contagious enthusiasm for liberal politics, his family would almost certainly have trodden a less significant path. More...

Words: Bren O'Callaghan

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1 Stella M. Burns from Canada - 2 February 2004
"I am insterested in reading about the railways in Crewe. My great Grandfather was an upholsterer on the railways in Crewe in the late 1800's. Thank you."

2 John Nilan from Salford, Greater Manchester - 2 February 2004
"What about Incuding Salford on your list. It Is the home of Lowry and Ken Phoenix (poet)"

3 Paul Hibbert from Sutton Coldfield - 16 January 2004
"Post 1918, Emmeline and Christabel, having supported the war, became firstly Tory MPs, later leaving to pursue an evangelical existence in America. Sylvia, however, worked in East London, with the fledgling Labour Party, and was a close associate of Keir Hardy. I would love to hear from anybody who has any information regarding the other daughter, Adela, who seems to have taken no part in either the suffragist or suffragette movements, and who, I believe, emigrated to Australia. "

4 Daniel Precious from Congleton, Cheshire - 14 January 2004
"I was annoyed to find that Cheshire does not feature on the map of the UK. Why is this so? As Cheshire has just as much History, and just as much right to be on the map as Greater Manchester, or Staffordshire. "

5 Sue Collins from Manchester - 5 January 2004
"What about the Rochdale Pioneers. Lancashire and Manchester are the home of the Co-operative Movement. This has had a significant impact globally, providing essential services to communities and empowering many people to improve the quality of their lives. We should be very proud that Manchester and Lancashire led the way for this global movement "




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