History students from Manchester Academy were thrilled to be the first to be presented with copies of an Emmeline Pankhurst documentary – which is set to be rolled out to schools across Greater Manchester.
The DVD was launched at an event on Monday at the Pankhurst Centre, the former home of leading Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and her family.
Manchester Academy in Moss Side received a special invite to the launch, which was also attended by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, who was behind the move to ensure Emmeline’s legacy continues beyond this centenary year.
Mr Burnham said: “It’s only right that Emmeline’s legacy lives on beyond this centenary year, especially in her home city region. She was a fearless working mum from Moss Side who fought for her rights, demanded she be listened to, and forced change to happen. She was a true inspiration and always will be.
“Greater Manchester is no stranger to leading change, and people power will always drive forward our future. We’re funding this DVD because we want our young people to understand why it’s so important to stand up, to vote, and to push for change you believe in.”
The DVD was made in Manchester and produced by the BBC. It is presented by actress Sally Lindsay, and explores Emmeline Pankhurst’s life and her battle for women’s right to vote.
Gail Heath, Chief Executive of the Pankhurst Trust, said: “The story of who Emmeline Pankhurst was, what made her and drove her onwards is a story that will inspire young people to find their own voices and to stand up for what they believe in.
“I am delighted that through the support of the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, that young people in schools across Greater Manchester will be able to watch her extraordinary journey unfold in the powerful documentary, Emmeline Pankhurst: The Making of a Militant.”
History students at Manchester Academy have also recently received a Historic England Heritage Schools plaque, recognising their hard work investigating local heritage.
The students explored key people and historic sites linked to the Suffrage movement in Manchester, and produced some amazing displays which were exhibited at Manchester Central Library earlier this year.
Head of History Ms Dhillon said: “The event at the Pankhurst Centre was a fitting culmination to the suffragette project that Manchester Academy students were involved with, working with Historic England and Manchester Central Library to produce an exhibition which highlighted the importance of the suffrage movement in Moss Side and across the country.”