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Trailblazing Women Stitching Workshops

Join us for two free stitching workshops at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on Thursday 1 February & Thursday 8 February and help create a piece of textile art for International Women’s Day.

The Trailblazers! Women of Greater Manchester group will be using these workshops to celebrate the achievements of some of Manchester’s great women – past and present. The resulting creations will be displayed in Manchester Central Library on Saturday 9 March.

  • No experience is necessary.
  • All materials and refreshments will be provided.
  • Booking is required as places are limited – email alironan61@gmail.com to book your space

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people.

Trailblazers! Women of Greater Manchester are a small group of volunteer activists and enthusiastic stitchers who champion the five radical women, who were unsuccessful in the Womanchester statue competition that saw Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue installed in St Peter’s Square.  Those championing these women, and others, have met regularly, in person and virtually, since 2019, joined by representatives from the Universities, the Pankhurst Centre, Victoria Baths, Manchester Histories, the Victorian Society, the C20th Society and the National Trust.

This event has been supported with a grant from Manchester City Council and is hosted by Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

1pm - 3.30pm


A Large Cheerful, airy house, quite out of Manchester smoke.

Charlotte Brontë on visiting the House, 1851