Hannah Directory is named after, and inspired by, Hannah Mitchell, a suffragette and rebel.

Hannah Mitchell (1872–1956) was a lifelong fighter for democracy and fairness, put in Strangeways prison in 1906 during the campaign for votes for women.

She went on to become a councillor in Manchester, representing Newton Heath.


In her autobiography The Hard Way Up she mentions one of her proudest achievements being the public wash house which she struggled to get built to make working women’s lives easier.

Her desire for ‘beauty in civic life’ blossomed in her work on public libraries, parks and gardens.