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Manchester High School for Girls

Emmeline Pankhurst statue unveiled in Manchester

Pupils from Manchester High School for Girls joined young people from across the region in a march from the Pankhurst Centre to the new Emmeline Pankhurst statue in St. Peter’s Square on Friday 14th December.

As the school which educated Emmeline’s daughters, Manchester High has played a significant role in the WoManchester project alongside Councillor Andrew Simcock.

In the past 12 months, teachers at Manchester High were encouraged to teach projects about Emmeline’s life and the Women’s Rights movement in lessons, and Dr Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of Emmeline, has also made regular visits to the School.

Claire Hewitt, Head Mistress, said: “The Pankhurst legacy lives on at Manchester High and our girls are in no doubt about the significant impact that Emmeline’s daughters had on this School and the lives of women in this country and around the world. We are delighted to have played a part in this project and the Our Emmeline statue is a fantastic way to recognise an amazing Mancunian woman.”

Councillor Andrew Simcock, said: “I have worked on a variety of projects with Manchester High School for Girls over the last two years. As chair of the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Campaign, I know how much the School values its connections with her. This has been a project that from the beginning has been driven by people, and so I’m delighted that the 14th December 2018 will be a coming together of people to celebrate both Emmeline and her legacy and the essence of Manchester, as a place of progression, inclusivity and ground-breaking ideas.”

Hazel Reeves was chosen to sculpt Emmeline Pankhurst after an extensive public consultation, and girls from Manchester High had the opportunity to meet the artist at the House of Lords in 2016.

More photos are available here.