Volume of the Manchester National Society for Women's Suffrage

Scope and Content

Bound and illuminated volume containing a letter of thanks to John Grave, Mayor of Manchester, and signed by the members of the Executive Committee of the Manchester National Society for Women's Suffrage

Administrative / Biographical History

This group, initially named the Manchester Committee for the Enfranchisement of Women, was formed in the 1860s, possibly initially to support John Stuart Mill's 1866 suffrage petition. Early members included Elizabeth Wolstenhulme Elmy, Jacob and Ursula Bright, Rev, S.A. Steinthal and Dr. Richard Pankhurst. It was formally re-founded in 1867 to canvass women householders in Manchester to support further suffrage petitions. It became federated to the National Society for Women's Suffrage, changing its name in 1897 to the North of England Society for Women's Suffrage.

Access Information

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Library by a descendent of Dr Richard Pankhurst in 2003.


Description prepared by Jennifer Haynes, Head of Special Collections, The Women's Library.

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Related Material

Further records of the Society are held in Manchester Central Library. The Women's Library holds papers of Lydia Becker (GB 106 7/LEB).