Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Elizabeth Gaskell's House Celebrating the life and literature of Elizabeth Gaskell, Manchester’s most famous Victorian writer. A hands-on experience of a Victorian middle-class house just one mile from the city centre. Closed at the moment by normally open Wed, Thurs & Sunday.
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Beautifully restored home of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, & her family at 84 Plymouth Grove. Keep up to date with news and events here!

it was one of EG's letters to Parthenope Nightingale that gave the garden planners added reason for planting a fern bed ...
06/06/2020
Parthenope Nightingale and Ferns - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

it was one of EG's letters to Parthenope Nightingale that gave the garden planners added reason for planting a fern bed in the garden.
http://ow.ly/za8a50zYMZY

The blog written by Leslie, a fellow volunteer, which drew attention to the links between Elizabeth Gaskell and Florence Nightingale  reminded me that it was one of the letters to Parthenope Nightingale that gave the garden planners added reason for planting a fern bed in the garden. We knew that t...

Did you know... Notable visitors to EG's House included fellow writers Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, John Ruskin, t...
05/06/2020

Did you know... Notable visitors to EG's House included fellow writers Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, John Ruskin, the American abolitionist and novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe and musician Charles Hallé. @MCRCityofLit #funfact #namedropping

We regularly share photos of our beautiful garden but did you know we won an RHS Silver Gilt Britain in Bloom award last...
04/06/2020
Manchester’s Literary Garden Honoured with Britain In Bloom Award - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

We regularly share photos of our beautiful garden but did you know we won an RHS Silver Gilt Britain in Bloom award last year thanks to the efforts of our volunteer garden team? #VolunteersWeek2020
http://ow.ly/y9p150zYMTv

Press Release Date: 6 November 2019 Manchester’s Literary Garden Honoured with Britain In Bloom Award Elizabeth Gaskell’s House garden in Ardwick has won a prestigious Silver Gilt award in this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom competition within the Small Visitor Attraction category. The restored g...

04/06/2020

We couldn't celebrate #VolunteersWeek2020 without a shout out to @BonnetsAtDawn - this podcast from 2018 includes interviews with volunteers and a mini tour of the House! http://ow.ly/twH850zVg5j

We give our volunteers the opportunity to learn from the professionals about conservation cleaning. Did you know there a...
03/06/2020
Conservation Cleaning Training - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

We give our volunteers the opportunity to learn from the professionals about conservation cleaning. Did you know there are many factors that can make an object deteriorate, such as humidity, light levels, and in particular, insects. #Volunteersweek2020
http://ow.ly/O9iM50zVfIo

On Monday morning, a few of our volunteers gathered at the house to learn about preventative conservation. The morning was led by Nettie Cook, a freelance conservationist and specialist on furniture restoration, who has worked extensively with the National Trust, and other heritage organisations. Sh...

Celebrating the fantastic group of volunteers who carry out conservation cleaning and housekeeping at Elizabeth Gaskell'...
02/06/2020
Spring Cleaning with our Volunteer Housekeeping Team - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Celebrating the fantastic group of volunteers who carry out conservation cleaning and housekeeping at Elizabeth Gaskell's House #VolunteersWeek2020
http://ow.ly/qOx350zVfvT

On Monday, a few volunteers gathered in the servant’s hall at Elizabeth Gaskell’s house for one of our regular sessions of conservation cleaning. Most of the objects, books and furniture in the house are more than a hundred years old (and some even older) and they need care and attention to be s...

"But as soon as I stepped through the grand door, there was a sensory explosion in my head." Shashank Palety shares his ...
01/06/2020
Thank you, Elizabeth Gaskell's House - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

"But as soon as I stepped through the grand door, there was a sensory explosion in my head."
Shashank Palety shares his experience of volunteering with us back in 2016 #VolunteersWeek2020
http://ow.ly/PXaK50zVf4z

When people think of the history of Manchester, they think of soot and smoke, redbrick warehouses and factories. I used to be among them. This fabulous city was after all, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution! However, very soon I was going to find out how much more there was to Manchester’...

Has it really been a year? This time last year we were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service! Our volunteer tea...
01/06/2020
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Volunteer Team have been honoured with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Has it really been a year? This time last year we were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service! Our volunteer team are amazing and we miss them lots #Volunteersweek2020 https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/elizabeth-gaskells-house-volunteer-team-honoured-queens-award-voluntary-service/

The achievements and dedication of the volunteer team at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester have been acknowledged with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. From fundraising and campaigning to get the House open and restored, throu...

Celebrating #VolunteersWeek2020 with a look back at blog posts from our volunteer team sharing their experiences of volu...
01/06/2020
Volunteering as a student - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Celebrating #VolunteersWeek2020 with a look back at blog posts from our volunteer team sharing their experiences of volunteering at Elizabeth Gaskell's House. Starting with one of our student volunteers http://ow.ly/3RIR50zVeZ3

I knew that I was interested in volunteering during my time at the University of Manchester, so during my first week I went to the volunteering fair to meet representatives from organisations across the city. When I heard about Elizabeth Gaskell’s House I was instantly intrigued as I have an inter...

Did you know during the time Elizabeth lived on Plymouth Grove she wrote nearly all of her famous novels, including Cran...
30/05/2020

Did you know during the time Elizabeth lived on Plymouth Grove she wrote nearly all of her famous novels, including Cranford, Ruth, North and South and Wives and Daughters. She also wrote the biography of her friend Charlotte Brontë, plus many, many letters. @MCRCityofLit

Our 'ambitious' book plate project continues (and will probably never end) At last count we had around 50 book plates in...
28/05/2020
Book Plates in the Study - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Our 'ambitious' book plate project continues (and will probably never end) At last count we had around 50 book plates in the study.
http://ow.ly/G4hZ50zQGQG

When books were being chosen for William’s study back in 2013, there was an ambitious plan to record  the reason for each  book’s presence. The idea was that a small bookplate would be inserted into each title giving a brief account of that title’s relevance to the Gaskell family. For exampl...

Big thanks to everyone who has read Tales of Mystery & the Macabre and/or joined in our discussions this month. Its been...
27/05/2020
Tales of Mystery & the Macabre read along for May - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Big thanks to everyone who has read Tales of Mystery & the Macabre and/or joined in our discussions this month. Its been lovely to chat about this less well known collection of EG short stories. We hope you enjoyed it!
Don't forget we are asking for a donation of £3 towards our bedroom restoration project so please support us if you can.
https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/tales-of-mystery-the-macabre-read-along-for-may/

Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who got involved with our North and South read along in March and April. We had a lot of fun and the discussions extended beyond the novel to include waterbeds (a particular favourite thread), roses, Victorian fashion, the cotton industry, the BBC adaption a...

27/05/2020

Welcome to our final discussion about Tales of Mystery and the Macabre and a big thank you to all those who have taken part so far and donated.
Do you have any favourite stories from this collection? Or any standout characters or passages?
And what about any least favourites or ones that didn't work?

Happily two of the gardening team live close enough for some occasional gardening to form part of their lock-down exerci...
26/05/2020
Blue Skies - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Happily two of the gardening team live close enough for some occasional gardening to form part of their lock-down exercise so the garden is looking pretty good! http://ow.ly/5rzN50zQFnO

The house and garden continue to be closed to the public, though people walking past can at least see the garden. Happily two of the gardening team live close enough for some occasional gardening to form part of their lock-down exercise. So the grass has been cut and the ash and sycamore seedlings w...

‪How’s everyone getting on with the rest of the stories in Tales of Mystery & the Macabre ? Our final discussion will be...
25/05/2020
Tales of Mystery & the Macabre read along for May - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

‪How’s everyone getting on with the rest of the stories in Tales of Mystery & the Macabre ? Our final discussion will be on Wednesday from 6pm
https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/tales-of-mystery-the-macabre-read-along-for-may/‬

Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who got involved with our North and South read along in March and April. We had a lot of fun and the discussions extended beyond the novel to include waterbeds (a particular favourite thread), roses, Victorian fashion, the cotton industry, the BBC adaption a...

If you enjoyed our read-along and discussion of The Old Nurse’s Story, you can read more about this story on our latest ...
21/05/2020
The Old Nurse’s Story- Superstition and Story - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

If you enjoyed our read-along and discussion of The Old Nurse’s Story, you can read more about this story on our latest blog.
https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/the-old-nurses-story-superstition-and-story/

We are asking everyone who takes part in our read along for £3 towards our bedroom restoration project. If you haven’t yet donated, you can donate via this link
http://ow.ly/tKCB50zDaSI

the protagonist is taken out of mainstream culture into an isolated world which becomes terrifying. Furnivall Manor House, standing on bleak moorland, is an ideal spot for hauntings

‪Who else saw the Repair Shop this evening (BBC 1) and winced when the book cover was cut off? (to then be repaired)‬‪Ma...
20/05/2020
Old books: New Skills for the volunteers - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

‪Who else saw the Repair Shop this evening (BBC 1) and winced when the book cover was cut off? (to then be repaired)‬
‪Many of our volunteers did! Even the ones who have had book binding training....https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/old-books-new-skills-volunteers/‬

At Elizabeth Gaskell’s House we have quite a collection of old books. Our oldest date back to the 17th & 18th Century, most are 19th Century. The collection was begun through purchases during the restoration of the house and has been supplemented by donations. Many are in poor condition and some....

20/05/2020

Welcome to the third in our discussions about Tales of Mystery and the Macabre. This evening we are discussing The Old Nurse's Story which, unlike the other short stories we have discussed so far, deals with the supernatural. Best read on a dark and stormy night - were you convinced by the atmosphere Elizabeth Gaskell creates and how do you think it works as a ghost story?

Join us tomorrow at 6pm (Wed 20 May) when we will be discussing the Old Nurse's Story (from Tales of Mystery and the Mac...
19/05/2020
Tales of Mystery & the Macabre read along for May - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Join us tomorrow at 6pm (Wed 20 May) when we will be discussing the Old Nurse's Story (from Tales of Mystery and the Macabre) . Happy reading!
https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/tales-of-mystery-the-macabre-read-along-for-may/

Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who got involved with our North and South read along in March and April. We had a lot of fun and the discussions extended beyond the novel to include waterbeds (a particular favourite thread), roses, Victorian fashion, the cotton industry, the BBC adaption a...

If you haven't had time to read The Old Nurse's Story (which we are discussing on Wednesday evening ) you can listen to ...
18/05/2020
Listen to The Old Nurse's Story - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

If you haven't had time to read The Old Nurse's Story (which we are discussing on Wednesday evening ) you can listen to the dramatic reading performed by our talented volunteer team via the link below
http://ow.ly/Mjoq50zJABH

Listen to a dramatized reading recorded live from the Drawing Room at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on Sunday 2 February 2020. Organised, read and performed by Elizabeth Gaskell’s House volunteers: Scripted and directed by Diane DuffyDiana Ashcroft – Miss Grace FurnivalChris Bamber – James and t...

Next week we will be discussing the Old Nurse's Story, a short story our volunteers performed as a dramatic reading earl...
16/05/2020
The Old Nurse’s Story – a dramatized reading - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Next week we will be discussing the Old Nurse's Story, a short story our volunteers performed as a dramatic reading earlier in the year (and which we plan to repeat for Halloween.) https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/the-old-nurses-story-a-dramatized-reading/

A group of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House volunteers got together at the end of last year to start rehearsing a dramatization of Elizabeth Gaskell’s short story The Old Nurse’s Story, first published in 1852 in a collection under the same title. Dr Diane Duffy had done a brilliant job in adapting t...

Thanks to everyone who has donated to our fund to restore Elizabeth’s bedroom, we are now looking forward to getting the...
15/05/2020

Thanks to everyone who has donated to our fund to restore Elizabeth’s bedroom, we are now looking forward to getting the fireplace fitted very soon and then we can begin painting and wallpapering. If you would like to help us raise the last £1500 we need to get the bedroom open by the end of the year you can donate here:
http://ow.ly/NDWG50zDWj0

We promised you a special treat relating to The Old Nurse's Story which we are discussing next Wednesday.  You can now l...
14/05/2020
Listen to The Old Nurse's Story - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

We promised you a special treat relating to The Old Nurse's Story which we are discussing next Wednesday.
You can now listen to the dramatic reading of this story by our volunteer team as performed in February. http://ow.ly/yEsv50zG8su

Listen to a dramatized reading recorded live from the Drawing Room at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on Sunday 2 February 2020. Organised, read and performed by Elizabeth Gaskell’s House volunteers: Scripted and directed by Diane DuffyDiana Ashcroft – Miss Grace FurnivalChris Bamber – James and t...

Next week (Wed 20 May) we will be discussing the Old Nurse's Story (from Tales of Mystery and the Macabre) . Happy readi...
14/05/2020
Tales of Mystery & the Macabre read along for May - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Next week (Wed 20 May) we will be discussing the Old Nurse's Story (from Tales of Mystery and the Macabre) . Happy reading!
https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/tales-of-mystery-the-macabre-read-along-for-may/

Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who got involved with our North and South read along in March and April. We had a lot of fun and the discussions extended beyond the novel to include waterbeds (a particular favourite thread), roses, Victorian fashion, the cotton industry, the BBC adaption a...

13/05/2020

Welcome to the second in our discussions about Tales of Mystery and the Macabre. This evening we are discussing The Grey Woman. This story takes us well and truly into the Gothic. How successful do you think this story is? Are there too many tense situations heaped together to draw out the suspense or does the fast pace work?

A BIG thank you to everyone who has donated online so far, your donation is really appreciated. We are asking everyone w...
13/05/2020
Tales of Mystery & the Macabre read along for May - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

A BIG thank you to everyone who has donated online so far, your donation is really appreciated.
We are asking everyone who takes part in our read along for £3 towards our bedroom restoration project. You can donate via this link
http://ow.ly/u6zq50zDaSG

Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who got involved with our North and South read along in March and April. We had a lot of fun and the discussions extended beyond the novel to include waterbeds (a particular favourite thread), roses, Victorian fashion, the cotton industry, the BBC adaption a...

A BIG thank you to everyone who has donated online so far, your donation is really appreciated. We are asking everyone w...
13/05/2020
Tales of Mystery & the Macabre read along for May - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

A BIG thank you to everyone who has donated online so far, your donation is really appreciated.
We are asking everyone who takes part in our read along for £3 towards our bedroom restoration project. You can donate via this link
http://ow.ly/u6zq50zDaSG

Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who got involved with our North and South read along in March and April. We had a lot of fun and the discussions extended beyond the novel to include waterbeds (a particular favourite thread), roses, Victorian fashion, the cotton industry, the BBC adaption a...

"Whenever I read one of Mrs Gaskell's letters I am reminded of those circular radar screens you see in films about the S...
12/05/2020
Elizabeth Gaskell's Garden "A Great delight" - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

"Whenever I read one of Mrs Gaskell's letters I am reminded of those circular radar screens you see in films about the Second World War."http://ow.ly/sSM150zDa8N

Whenever I read one of Mrs Gaskell’s letters I am reminded of those circular radar screens you see in films about the Second World War. The sweeping arm illuminates what appear to be random spots of light on the screen, just as Mrs Gaskell’s pen moves from subject to subject with no immediately ...

On the 200 anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth and #InternationalNursesDay2020 we revisit an old blog on the fri...
12/05/2020
Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Gaskell - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

On the 200 anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth and #InternationalNursesDay2020 we revisit an old blog on the friendship between Elizabeth and Florence. We also send our love to The Florence Nightingale Museum.
https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/florence-nightingale-elizabeth-gaskell/

In the drawing room of the House , underneath the copies of Richmond’s drawings of Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte, we have a print of a popular engraving of Florence Nightingale with her friend Charles Bracebridge – both of them on horseback – which shows them in May 1855 on Cathcart.....

Looking forward to discussing The Grey Woman on Wednesday (from 6pm) Did you know Elizabeth Gaskell visited Heidelberg (...
11/05/2020
blogsNnews Archives - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Looking forward to discussing The Grey Woman on Wednesday (from 6pm) Did you know Elizabeth Gaskell visited Heidelberg (where the story begins) three times? writing in 1841 “As for legends the place is haunted..."
http://ow.ly/4YqR50zD9kg

Explore blogs Gaskell House Blogs Collection Events Garden Hire Literature People Volunteering other blog news Elizabeth Gaskell’s Home in Hampshire, Part 2 – The Lawn, Holybourne …in a very pretty garden Historic England describes The Lawn as an early nineteenth-century, two storey building. ...

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This is a fascinating insight into the world of the cotton factory - look out for skilful female workers and the fluff in the air...
Hi I wondered if you could recommend a biography for EIizabeth Gaskell? Thx!
Poynton Tangent had a wonderful private tour with tea and cake A charming , welcoming house , steeped in history Thank you so much for a wonderful educational evening
Volunteers and the second hand book sale, there's a bit of everything here! :)
In the warmth of the drawing room of Elizabeth Gaskell's house, a group of enthusiastic volunteers performed a dramatic reading of 'A Nurse's tale'. Written by Elizabeth Gaskell and published in 1852, this story was made alive that night with the knocks on the window, scream from the back room, the sound of organ, and the eerie wind blowing around the rumble Manor house. A nice early evening spent on a literary performance like this is refreshing. Despite the eerie story, the performance actually brought a big smile on my face. Great enjoyable show. I would definitely come again for another performance like this, or just simply listening to a short novel reading from Mrs Gaskell or other authors
In the warmth of the drawing room of Elizabeth Gaskell's house, a group of enthusiastic volunteers performed a dramatic reading of 'A Nurse's tale'. Written by Elizabeth Gaskell and published in 1852, this story was made alive that night with the knocks on the window, scream from the back room, the sound of organ, and the eerie wind blowing around the rumble Manor house. A nice early evening spent on a literary performance like this is refreshing. Despite the eerie story, the performance actually brought a big smile on my face. Great enjoyable show. I would definitely come again for another performance like this, or just simply listening to a short novel reading from Mrs Gaskell or other authors.
Hi is the sewing group on tomorrow?
Hi, I heard you have a sewing group that meets weekly/monthly, but I can’t find any information about it? Can you help?
How much is the entrance fee?
I am recovering from a head injury and slight concussion, so in honour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s birthday I am going to watch the wonderful North and South.
We had so much fun making bees at Elizabeth Gaskell's house yesterday!