Pankhurst exhibition revealed in museum

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photo of Cllr and JOan Livesey standing outside the Museum of Wigan Life

The Sylvia Pankhurst: Working Women exhibition at the Museum of Wigan Life on Library Street in Wigan features sixteen original artworks by the famous suffragette, anti-fascist campaigner and artist, Sylvia Pankhurst.

The touring exhibition has a selection of pastels and paintings and is part of Wigan Borough’s celebration and acknowledgement of the centenary year of the first Women’s Suffrage in Britain.

Free to the public, the exhibition will run from Thursday 2nd August until Saturday 1st September before it continues on national tour.

Nazia Rehman, portfolio holder for resources, finance and transformation at Wigan Council said: “We are extremely privileged to have been loaned this fantastic exhibition from Helen Pankhurst, Sylvia’s granddaughter, especially during such a pivotal year for women of this country.

“The Museum of Wigan Life is committed to bringing a range of collections through its doors to appeal to a wide variety of ages and people. I have no doubt that this exhibition will be well accessed and I look forward to experiencing it for myself.

“We are committed to empowering the borough’s residents, especially young girls and women so they are encouraged to aim high and take the lead.

We’ve done this historically through our #BelieveInHer campaign and more recently our #BelieveImOnlyHuman campaign, which looks at gender equality along with race, religion, sexuality, age and disability.

“I look forward to the launch of this extremely inspiring exhibition and encourage people to head to the museum during the school holidays and take a look for themselves.”

Sylvia Pankhurst was the daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the Women’s Social and Political Union founded in 1903.

She trained at Manchester School of Art, winning the prize for best female student in 1901 and went on to win a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, London.

Sylvia’s work records working class women in various trades as she toured the country in 1907.

For more information about the Museum of Wigan Life, please visit: www.wigan.gov.uk/museum