All schools in Greater Manchester to be given copies of ‘The Making of a Militant’
History students from Manchester Academy were the first to be presented with copies of an Emmeline Pankhurst documentary. The documentary, Emmeline Pankhurst: The Making of a Militant, is set to be rolled out to schools across Greater Manchester.
The DVD was recently launched at an event 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.
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.
“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.
History students at Manchester Academy have also recently received a Historic England Heritage Schools plaque, recognising their hard work investigating local heritage.