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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Pankhurst Centre

The Pankhurst Centre in Manchester consists of numbers 60 and 62 Nelson Street which have been saved from demolition due to their historical importance. The buildings now serve as a museum and a women's centre.

The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester.

It was at 62 Nelson Street that the first meeting of the Suffragettes was held in 1903 and it was here that Emiline Pankhurst (1858-1928) lived with her daughters Christabel and Sylvia from 1897-1907 before they moved to London.

Saved from being torn down by a public outcry in 1979, the properties were taken over by the Pankhurst Trust which raised the money to restore them in 1984. The Pankhurst Centre was officially opened on 11th October 1987, the anniversary of the first meeting of the Suffragettes in 1903.

Emiline (aka Emily) Pankhurst and her husband became part of a politically active circle in Britain which included Annie Besant, Keir Hardie, George Bernard Shaw and William Morris.

The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester, UK.

Manchester had been at the centre of the demand for women's suffrage with the first public meeting on the subject held at the Free Trade Hall (now the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel) in 1868.

However, it was to take a further 60 years of struggle before women in Britain were granted full voting rights in 1928.

It was the establishment of the women-only Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) at 62 Nelson Street in Manchester and the increasing militancy of its members that forced the issue with the governments of the day.

After World War I, certain women over 30 were granted voting rights. In 1928 women were granted full voting rights in the UK just days after Pankhurst's death.

The Pankhurst Centre
60-62 Nelson Street
Chorlton on Medlock
M13 9WP
Tel: 0161 273 5673

Opening hours: Thursday 10am-4pm

The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester.

The Pankhurst Centre is located within the precincts of Manchester Royal Infirmary off Oxford Road close to the University area. From Piccadilly Station take a 147 bus or from Piccadilly Gardens bus station take any of 15, 16, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 48, 111, 130, 140, 141, 142, 143, X57.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Birmingham Big Hoot

There is still a few weeks left to catch the Big Hoot, the biggest free public art event ever held in Birmingham. Until the end of September, 89 large sculptures of owls are on display all over the city.

The Birmingham Big Hoot.

The vast majority are located outside, but a few are indoors. Each sculpture is 165 cm in height and has been uniquely painted and decorated by national and local artists and designers. Maps can be downloaded or picked up at various locations that show a variety of routes to visit the owls by walking, cycling, bus or train.

The Birmingham Big Hoot, UK.

An app for smart phones or tablets let you scan each owl and find out about the unique story behind each design. After the project has finished the statues will be auctioned and all proceeds will go to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The Birmingham Big Hoot, England.

Running concurrently is the Little Hoot, featuring 122 smaller owl sculptures decorated by children at local schools and other community organizations. These are on display at 18 "parliaments", the collective noun for a group of owls, also scattered across the city. The Big Hoot and Little Hoot have been organized by Wild In Art, an organization that has produced dozens of similar events across the country and in several other countries.

Jake Davies



The Birmingham Big Hoot, UK.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Deaf Institute Manchester

A short walk west into the University area from O2 Apollo is The Deaf Institute, a trendy music venue that was once an institute for the deaf and dumb. The building dates from 1877 and is a Grade II Listed. Altogether The Deaf Institute has three floors, with three bars, a kitchen & a roof terrace with the basement bar open to hire for private parties.

The Deaf Institute Manchester.

The Deaf Institute is run by the people behind the successful Trof bar in the Northern Quarter and offers live music and club nights to complement the food and drinks that begin about 4pm in the main bar. There is free Wifi and a promise of something happening most nights.

The Deaf Institute is located on the corner of Grosvenor Road and Oxford Road very close to Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Park, the Manchester School of Theatre and Manchester Aquatics Centre.

The Deaf Institute Manchester.

135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HE
Tel: 0161 276 9350

A number of buses run along Oxford Road including the 147 from Piccadilly Station and the hourly 173 from Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

The Deaf Institute Manchester.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

O2 Apollo Manchester

The O2 Apollo in Ardwick Green, Manchester is an iconic and long-standing music venue close to the city centre. Formerly known as the Apollo Manchester, the building is Grade II Listed and was built in 1938 as a cinema in art deco style.

O2 Apollo Manchester, UK.

The O2 Apollo is an atmospheric venue with a seating capacity of just over 2,600 and 3,500 standing.

There are four licensed bars.

O2 Apollo Manchester, UK.

O2 Apollo
Stockport Rd
Ardwick Green
Manchester M12 6AP
Tel: 0161 273 692

The following buses are all convenient for the O2 Apollo: the #192 from Stockport, #201, #203, #204 and #205. The nearest train and Metrolink station is Piccadilly Station. The University area of Manchester is about 10 minutes away on foot.

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