Women's History Month events to go to in Manchester


Tomorrow is International Women's Day! In 1918, select women won the right to vote in Britain and 100 years on people continue to celebrate this landmark event, especially in Manchester, the birthplace of the suffragette movement - founded by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903. March is Women's History Month, so there are celebrations all over the city. Organised by the People’s History Museum, this year's celebrations will see the addition of Wonder Women 2018; a programme packed full of tours, exhibitions, film screenings and performances throughout March. Here are a few of the events to keep an eye out for this month:

Charity film screening of Suffragette

Manchester was the epicentre of the women’s suffrage movement, with its founder Emmeline Pankhurst and her family organising the movement in their home at Nelson Street (now the Pankhurst Centre). To commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, the Whitworth – located just off the Oxford Road – is holding a charity screening of the 2015 film Suffragette, starring Anne-Marie Duff, Carey Mulligan, Helen Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep. Before the film screening, there will be a special wine tasting reception with wine retailer Morgenrot. The proceeds from the event will go towards to the work of the Pankhurst Trust, which aims to help people who suffer from or are at risk of domestic abuse and to give people inspiration to challenge gender inequality and social injustice.

Where: The Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6ER.

When: 8th March, 6 pm (wine reception), 7 pm (screening)

From £21.55

Contact Young Company: She Bangs The Drums

If you fancy going to the theatre this week, head to the Museum of Science and Industry to see Contact Young Theatre’s humorous, political, contemporary production about Manchester’s interesting and rich history of feminism, and the rising female figures before and after the passing of the Representation of the People Act. Directed by Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit from the award-winning Sh!T Theatre, it's a night guaranteed to make you laugh and think about Manchester’s role within the feminist movement, and what past events could mean for the future.

Warning: Contains strong language and sexual references, for ages 14 and over.

Where: Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP.

When: 8 - 11th March, see website for times and to book tickets

£7 with your student card, £13 for adults

'From Petticoats to Microscopes' talk

Head to the Manchester Museum and attend a talk delivered by Michelle Scott and Judith Fabian exploring the lives and achievements of inspirational Manchester women, including Marie Stopes, who founded the first birth control clinic in the UK, and archaeological artist and explorer Adela Breton.

Where: Manchester Museum, The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9PL.

When: 12th March, 1.30pm - 2pm

Free entry

'Generations of Activism' exhibition

Why not take part in a day full of conversation, creativity and debate at the People’s History Museum in City Centre, exploring this one-day exhibition inspired by the Feminist Webs Archive. See the vast collection of photographs, banners, oral ‘her-stories’ and more, all donated by feminist youth workers from the organisation over the years. There's also the chance to discuss past fundamental events in the struggle for women’s rights and current issues surrounding women, the workplace, the body, and violence.

Where: People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER.

When: 23rd March, 11 am - 4 pm

Free entry

To find out about more events taking place in Manchester as part of Wonder Women 2018, visit the festival's website.

Photo: Contact Young Company: She Bangs The Drums

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