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Our current exhibition is celebrating some of the ‘Women Who Shaped Manchester’ and it will run until the 10th of March 2019.

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Emmeline Pankhurst, Courtesy of Library of Congress via Wikimedia

Amongst those women celebrated is Emmeline Pankhurst, the mother of the radical suffragette movement.

Many of us will remember that it was fellow suffragette Emily Davison who was killed very publicly by the King’s horse at the Derby in 1913, but Emmeline also suffered a devastating personal loss in the fight for women’s suffrage.

Jane Donaldson has given kind permission to repost this blog that details her research into the correspondence of the Pankhurst family with Manchester Guardian editor C. P. Scott. In this post she focuses on the story of Emmeline’s sister Mary Jane Clarke who died in December 1910, just after her release from Holloway prison.

Jane Donaldson writes: As one of 3 volunteers working on the Guardian Archive project ‘What the Papers Say’, I am assisting in cataloguing the correspondence collection and my focus is Women’s Suffrage. The Suffragette movement was at its height during the early 1900s prior to WW1 and this is reflected in the correspondence of C.P. […]

via Mary Jane Clarke, an Unsung Hero — John Rylands Library Special Collections Blog