History KS3: How Manchester shaped Emmeline Pankhurst

One hundred years after the ‘votes for women’ campaign won its first victory and secured electoral rights for some women, Sally Lindsay examines the life of one of its greatest campaigners: Emmeline Pankhurst.

She visits the landmark buildings that turned a Manchester girl called Emmeline Goulden into the formidable Mrs Pankhurst, the leader of the Women’s Social and Political Union - also known as the Suffragettes - and meets with Emmeline’s descendents Michael Goulden and Helen Pankhurst at the private family home that shaped her radical political views.

Sally also discovers how Manchester is paying tribute to Emmeline’s work with a new statue in the city centre by sculptor Hazel Reeves.

Teacher Notes

Students could be asked to name as many examples as they can think of which make Manchester important in history: What is it famous for? What famous people come from Manchester? What important buildings does it have?

When watching the video students could answer the following questions: What impact did her upbringing and growing up in Manchester have on her views/ideas?

In what ways were the Free Trade Hall and 62 Nelson Street significant in shaping her political views? How can we use the People’s History Museum and the Central Library to help us understand Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragette Movement more fully? Why do you think St Peter’s Square was selected as the sight of the new statue of Emmeline Pankhurst?

Students could then Produce a 3D map of Manchester with the key buildings plotted onto it and labels/images relating to Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragettes or they could create a pamphlet/guide for a visitor to Manchester detailing the buildings/places they could go to learn more about the Suffragettes and Emmeline Pankhurst.

At the end of the lesson students could be asked what have they learnt about Manchester today that makes them feel proud of the city?

Curriculum Notes

Suitable for teaching History at KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd Level in Scotland.