Creating a rebellious exhibition with such a pivotal story in women’s history
The permanent exhibition ‘At Home with the Pankhurst Family’ tells the story of the Pankhurst family who formed the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1903 from their home at 63 Nelson Street, Manchester and fought for the right for women to vote.
Mather & Co has reimagined three living spaces at the home, bringing to life the family at this time and their involvement in the women’s suffrage movement. The design was inspired by the methods of agitation used during the Votes for Women movement, such as the chalk writing on pavements and walls, painting, smashing windows and using domestic items to create a fresh new visual style for the space which represents the activists then and the organisation now.
The first room showcases the wider context in Manchester, and lives of the Pankhurst Family including Emmeline’s influences, loss in the family and her daughters. Room two room tells the story of the development of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) movement and the Pankhurst family’s activism and presents opposing opinions and perspectives towards the Suffragettes. The third and final room is where the first meeting of the WSPU took place. This space is lightly interpreted to allow visitors to immerse themselves in the authentic space where it happened and imagine themselves in the first meeting.
The Pankhurst Centre