Banner that provided backdrop for many Emmeline Pankhurst speeches acquired by People’s History Museum in Manchester

One of the most important pieces of suffragette history has been bought for the nation after languishing in an obscure charity shop for 10 years.

A banner that provided the backdrop for many of Emmeline Pankhurst’s most famous speeches had been tucked away in a cupboard in the Halton Moor and Osmondthorpe Project for Elders charity shop in Leeds. It had been donated as part of a house clearance, with volunteers unaware of its significance.

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