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Dr Sonja Tiernan’s biography inspires new building project

Dr Sonja Tiernan Wednesday 25 October 2017

A biography by Hope’s Head of History and Politics has inspired the naming of two new buildings set to be unveiled in Manchester.

Warehaus Ancoats has announced plans to create a scheme of luxury residential properties, which will be named after two of Ancoats’ most famous women.

Director of the building company Bernadette McCaul revealed she was inspired to pay tribute to suffragettes Eva Goore-Booth and Esther Roper, after reading Associate Professor Sonja Tiernan’s book Eva Gore-Booth: An Image of Such Politics.

Bernadette said: “I have become a little bit obsessed by these inspiring and formidable women since learning about the work they did and the principles they fought for.

“They will have walked the streets around our warehouse site at the turn of the 20th century trying to improve people’s lives and we thought it fitting to keep their names associated with the area.”

Two buildings located on the site will be called Gore-Booth House and Roper House.

Dr Tiernan said: “It is a fitting tribute to have buildings named after Eva and Esther. They did so much valuable work in Ancoats. I am determined to recover the work of Eva Gore-Booth and restore her to her rightful place in history.

“I am delighted to have been invited to the launch of Warehaus Ancoats and it will be wonderful to see them both recognised.”

Dr Tiernan is currently working on a new volume about Eva Gore-Booth, which includes a foreword by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, and will be published in early 2018.

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