As part of 2018 Heritage Open Weekends, Sadler's Yard will be transformed in a celebration of the contribution co-operatives have made to equality.
A free event, Suffrage in the City is jointly organised by the Co-operative Heritage Trust and the Co-operative College on Saturday 15 September. It celebrates the 100 year anniversary of women being made eligible to vote under the Representation of the People Act of 1918.
The Mikron Theatre Company will be giving a free performance of their live show Revolting Women. It tells the suffrage story through the eyes of a less well-known Pankhurst, Sylvia, who fought for the vote alongside working women in the East End after leaving the Manchester-based Women’s Social and Political Union.
After the performance you can visit PLANT, a unique workshop and design space, where you'll be able to view the collections of the National Co-operative Archive.
There'll be a whole host of unique items on display that relate to women’s organisations and their part in the story of the societies set up all over the country. They provided ordinary people with better food, homes and work and led the way for equality, with the women’s guild and campaign for equal pay particularly prominent.
How can I get involved?
This is a free event, so all you need to bring is yourself plus your friends and family.
What time does the performance start?
The live performance will start at 13.00 and is expected to finish at approximately 13.45. With limited seating early arrival is advised.
What's the easiest way to get there?
The event will take place in Sadlers Yard which can be accessed from Dantzic Street (Shudehill Tram stop) or from Corporation Street (Victoria Station and Tram stop). Both routes are also accessible for disabled visitors.
This is Manchester - what happens if it rains?
It is an outdoor performance with some covered seating provided on a first come first served basis. You are also welcome to bring your own seating.