Tameside salutes extraordinary women

Date Released - 21/08/2018

“EXTRAORDINARY Women” is the title for Tameside History Festival that runs throughout September.

The theme has been chosen in recognition of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which finally gave some women the right to vote in British elections.

As well as celebrating the unique achievements of suffragettes such as Hannah Mitchell, who lived in Ashton, Tameside Council will be telling the stories of the thousands of other women who have changed lives in large and small ways.

The launch takes place at Ashton Market  on Tuesday, September 4, at 11am. Visitors can take part in the Tied Together art project, and Local Studies staff and volunteers from Tameside History Forum will be on hand to help with historical queries.

Tameside History Festival encompasses the annual Heritage Open Days when churches and other buildings of interest open their doors to allow the public a look behind the scenes.

This year there will be also be a canal history walk and tours of Hyde Town Hall, Dukinfield Town Hall, Dukinfield Old Hall Chapel, Fairfield Moravian Settlement, Ashton Old Baths and Tower Mill, Dukinfield.

Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for heritage, said: “Tameside has been home to many extraordinary women who have made their mark nationally and internationally.

“Tameside History Festival is the ideal way to take a look at their legacy, and at many other aspects of our borough’s rich heritage.”

For full details of everything that’s planned, watch out for the Tameside History Festival leaflets at your local library or visit




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