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Women Who Shaped Manchester

Women Who Shaped Manchester

Too little ink has been spilled telling the stories of exceptional women from Manchester’s past – from the mill workers to the protesters who galvanised the streets.

6 September 2018 to 10 March 2019

Join us and delve into the sepia-tinted days of 19th and 20th century Manchester. You’ll see the city through the words and actions of extraordinary women.

Know their fight for rights and battle against social expectations. In this exhibition, you will be amazed by their feats as they paved new paths with their dedication and determination.

About the exhibition

Women Who Shaped Manchester captures the passion and strength of these pioneers. You will discover the medic who revolutionised care for children.

Be astounded by the actions of women as they engaged in politics, scientific debate and culture. Explore the history of the women whose hard work fuelled Manchester’s booming cotton industry.

Items on display

So come and read Emmeline Pankhurst’s stirring letter that speaks for those prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of equality. Imagine the lives of the women spinning cotton at Gidlow Mill.

Gaze at the beautiful scroll presented to Enriqueta Rylands, the first freewoman of the City of Manchester. Be inspired by the Women Who Shaped Manchester.

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