Esther Roper & Eva Gore-Booth display at People’s History Museum

This LGBT history month, we’re paying tribute to the amazing Esther Roper & Eva Gore-Booth: suffragists, pacifists and defender of barmaids. We’ve put together a display on the dynamic duo, on till the end of February at the People’s History Museum.

Esther Roper and Eva Gore-Booth

This formidable lesbian couple lived together in Rusholme from the 1890s and dedicated their lives to defending working class women’s rights including those of mill workers, barmaids and flower sellers. They established Urania, a pioneering covert journal on gender and sexuality. Eva Gore-Booth was an accomplished writer and poet

The display includes Helen Davies’ craftivist crochet mask of Esther Roper which was used to yarnbomb a man statue in Manchester Town Hall in 2014.

The Working Class Movement Library has kindly lent us two items: Eva Gore-Booth: Women’s right to work a strongly-worded 8-page pamphlet, circa 1909; and Esther Roper: The industrial position of women and women’s suffrage –  pamphlet of around 1904 on behalf of the Lancashire and Cheshire Women’s Suffrage Society.

Many thanks to Dr Sonja Tiernan of Liverpool Hope University for the suggestions and advice for the display.

The display is in the foyer area beneath OlyBliss’s stunning Equality Quilt.


On Sunday 15 Feb the People’s History Museum plays host to the first National Festival of LGBT History. Pop down to hear about the lives of some fantastically inspirational women.

Dr Sonja Tiernan will be discussing the amazing lives of Esther & Eva – 2pm in the Coal Store on the first floor of the museum.

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