Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Elizabeth Gaskell's House Historic Victorian House . Open to the public. Home of Manchester writer Elizabeth Gaskell. Keep up to date with news and events here!
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Beautifully restored home of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, & her family at 84 Plymouth Grove.

Amazing to see Richard Armitage on Between The Covers on Monday. We loved seeing the references to North and South! Have...
08/11/2023

Amazing to see Richard Armitage on Between The Covers on Monday. We loved seeing the references to North and South! Have you seen it?

Thanks Sara for inviting me onto 'Between the Covers' which airs on November 6th 7pm on BBC2 Such a great line up of guests and books. 📚(1 thought BYOB was Bring Your Own Bottle. I bought Riesling but luckily by chance had this little gem in my bag too!!!)

Second-hand books, tea (& other hot drinks), cakes and a beautiful literary house to explore! What more could you want f...
07/11/2023

Second-hand books, tea (& other hot drinks), cakes and a beautiful literary house to explore! What more could you want from a Sunday?

Visit us this Sunday to stock-up on your books for the winter ahead!

Second-hand book sale is included in admission. (£7.50 for adults and under 16s free)

https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/second-hand-book-sale/

'We have got our drawing – room chairs & sofas covered with a new chintz. Such a pretty ones [sic], little rosebuds & ca...
07/11/2023

'We have got our drawing – room chairs & sofas covered with a new chintz. Such a pretty ones [sic], little rosebuds & carnations on a white ground.' Elizabeth to Charles Eliot Norton, March 1859

2023 marks the 170th anniversary of the Preston Lockouts – the historical strikes that informed the plot and themes of E...
06/11/2023

2023 marks the 170th anniversary of the Preston Lockouts – the historical strikes that informed the plot and themes of Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic romantic novel North and South and provided inspiration for Charles Dickens in Hard Times. When workers demanded a 10% wage increase in Preston in 1853, the factory owners simply locked the gates and left 18,000 people out of work. So, what really happened during the lock outs? Are characters like Mr Thornton and Higgins based on real people? And what was the impact of these events, both for the strikers themselves and for wider Victorian industrial relations?

Popular speaker Prof Michael Sanders from Manchester University explores the reality behind the strikes which inspired these groundbreaking ‘condition of England’ novels. Love finding out the historical truth behind your favourite novels? What are you waiting for?

Book now for Wed 29 November online event https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/north-and-south-preston-lock-outs/

‘You don’t know what a broken reed you trusted to in relying on the Silverdale postman…He rides a pony almost as old as ...
04/11/2023

‘You don’t know what a broken reed you trusted to in relying on the Silverdale postman…He rides a pony almost as old as himself…gets thirsty on the road, drops his letters, or forgets in which of his various pockets he has put them’ Elizabeth Gaskell, 1861

This description of the Victorian postie made us chuckle.

‘Ingrid Hanson’s knowledge of the material was amazing; wonderful grasp of material; compelling presentation, interestin...
03/11/2023

‘Ingrid Hanson’s knowledge of the material was amazing; wonderful grasp of material; compelling presentation, interesting insights.‘ Audience member to previous Mary Barton event

We're wrapping up our sell out Mary Barton season with a special online panel about 'Condition of England' novels on 22 November.

Elizabeth Gaskell spoke of the ‘unhappy state of things’ in her debut novel, Mary Barton and explored the issue again in her later work North and South. She was one of a number of authors concerned with the divide between the rich and poor. Contemporaries such as Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Kingsley, F***y Trollope and Harriet Martineau shared her concerns in novels such as Hard Times, Bleak House, Shirley and Michael Armstrong: Factory Boy.

So what answers could these literary giants offer? How did popular writers such as Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Dickens bring social issues to a wider audience? Join our expert panel as they explore these so-called ‘Condition of England’ novels in the grand finale to our Mary Barton season. Perfect for anyone who wants to find out more about the background to some Victorian classics.

Find out more https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/mary-barton-panel/

'I wanted to see the place where Margaret grew to what she is, even at the worst time of all, when I had no hope of ever...
02/11/2023

'I wanted to see the place where Margaret grew to what she is, even at the worst time of all, when I had no hope of ever calling her mine.' North and South, 1855

A little bit of joy for !

Last chance to bring your little horrors along for Halloween family fun today 2nd November with cone craft at Elizabeth ...
02/11/2023

Last chance to bring your little horrors along for Halloween family fun today 2nd November with cone craft at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Make your own brilliant bat to take home using pine cones, card and paper in our Servants Hall – and the best bit is, there’s no mess to clear up!

Or just visit as normal Wed, Thurs or Sunday for dressing up and our Cranford Cat Trail - all included in admission and kids go free with a paying adult. Find out more https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/october-half-term-family-fun/

Thanks to everyone for a fab 'Shirley - Charlotte Bronte and the Industrial Novel' tonight.Brilliant speakers with Andre...
01/11/2023

Thanks to everyone for a fab 'Shirley - Charlotte Bronte and the Industrial Novel' tonight.

Brilliant speakers with Andrew Stodolny and Sassy Holmes from and Debbie Challis from and Dr Emma Liggins from Manchester Metropolitan University.

'the trees were gorgeous in their autumnal leafiness—the warm odours of flower and herb came sweet upon the sense' North...
01/11/2023

'the trees were gorgeous in their autumnal leafiness—the warm odours of flower and herb came sweet upon the sense' North and South, 1855

Autumn is definitely now fully upon us and the clocks have gone back in the UK. Ease your way into the winter with this lovely autumn quote from Elizabeth Gaskell.

📢 More tickets released for tonight's   event!The event was previously sold out but we have released more tickets so if ...
01/11/2023

📢 More tickets released for tonight's event!

The event was previously sold out but we have released more tickets so if you weren't able to buy a ticket earlier, please try again now!

See link in bio to book.



Last chance to grab a ticket for tonight's special event on Shirley and the Industrial Novel.We explore the historical r...
01/11/2023

Last chance to grab a ticket for tonight's special event on Shirley and the Industrial Novel.

We explore the historical reality behind Charlotte Brontë’s writing including her beloved Yorkshire moors and the status of women in Victorian life.

Brontë’s Shirley was set amongst the tumultuous times of the Napoleonic Wars and Luddite machine breakers. Her strong female characters and industrial strife show the author had plenty to say about contemporary class and sexual politics, much like her friend Elizabeth Gaskell in her first novel, Mary Barton.

This special partnership event is run with our friends at Bronte Parsonage Museum The Portico Library and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Enjoy an online evening with like-minded people and join us as we delve into the original novel. There’s even the opportunity to see a first edition of both Shirley and Mary Barton live from the Portico.

Book now https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/mary-barton-season/

“But that was not what killed it,” said Dorothy; “it was the frost and the cold; —every wild creature was in its hole, a...
31/10/2023

“But that was not what killed it,” said Dorothy; “it was the frost and the cold; —every wild creature was in its hole, and every beast in its fold,—while the child and its mother were turned out to wander on the Fells! And now you know all! and I wonder if you are less frightened now?” The Old Nurse's Story, 1852

Happy Halloween from Elizabeth Gaskell's House! Are you brave enough to read any horror this Halloween? What's your favourite scary story?

You could even get yourself a copy of some of Elizabeth's scary stories through our online shop - and support the House at the same time. Here's the link https://museumshops.uk/shop/gaskells-house/

“I'll borrow of imagination what reality will not give me.” Shirley by Charlotte Brontë. Brontë’s Shirley was set amongs...
30/10/2023

“I'll borrow of imagination what reality will not give me.” Shirley by Charlotte Brontë. Brontë’s Shirley was set amongst the tumultuous times of the Napoleonic Wars and Luddite machine breakers. Her strong female characters and industrial strife show the author had plenty to say about contemporary class and sexual politics, much like her friend Elizabeth Gaskell in her first novel, Mary Barton.

Our Mary Barton season is back again with this week's partnership event looking at the links between the two novels.

Find out more this Wed 1st November with Bronte Parsonage Museum The Portico Library and Manchester Metropolitan English Department. Book now to watch live or receive the link https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/shirley-charlotte-bronte-and-the-industrial-novel/

'As winter drew on, and the days grew shorter, I was sometimes almost certain that I heard a noise as if some one was pl...
29/10/2023

'As winter drew on, and the days grew shorter, I was sometimes almost certain that I heard a noise as if some one was playing on the great organ in the hall.' The Old Nurse's Story by Elizabeth Gaskell, 1852

'When she came downstairs she went into the old familiar garden and gathered a nosegay of the last lingering autumn flow...
28/10/2023

'When she came downstairs she went into the old familiar garden and gathered a nosegay of the last lingering autumn flowers—a few roses and the like.' Ruth, 1853

'To make up for my dull letter I enclose you Miss Bronte’s announcement of her marriage- to – be.’ Elizabeth Gaskell wri...
27/10/2023

'To make up for my dull letter I enclose you Miss Bronte’s announcement of her marriage- to – be.’ Elizabeth Gaskell writing to John Forster, 1854

Enjoy an online evening with like-minded people and join us as we delve into Charlotte Bronte's novel, 'Shirley', and the connections with Elizabeth Gaskell's debut novel, 'Mary Barton'. This special partnership event explores the historical reality behind Charlotte’s writing including her beloved Yorkshire moors, famous sisters and the status of women in Victorian life.

There’s even the opportunity to see a first edition of both Shirley and Mary Barton live from The Portico Library. Plus speakers from Bronte Parsonage Museum and English at Manchester Met.

Book now to watch live or get the recording this Wednesday 1st November https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/shirley-charlotte-bronte-and-the-industrial-novel/

'I can't recommend this enough. Not often I find something for the whole family to enjoy. Definitely worth a visit.' Pre...
26/10/2023

'I can't recommend this enough. Not often I find something for the whole family to enjoy. Definitely worth a visit.' Previous visitor

Bring the whole family for a trip to Elizabeth Gaskell's House this half-term and let the kids get stuck in making their own creepy craft. There’s colouring to try, dressing up and our popular Cranford the cat trail around the house – all included in admission. Our friendly volunteers welcome everyone and the house is very hands on so kids can feel at home. There's a range of delicious snacks and cakes in the Tea Room too. Plus children go free with a paying adult. Have you visited yet?
https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/october-half-term-family-fun/

‘Large and strong and tender, and yet a master’. Elizabeth's letter to her friend about Mr Thornton in North and SouthEl...
26/10/2023

‘Large and strong and tender, and yet a master’. Elizabeth's letter to her friend about Mr Thornton in North and South

Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South continues to be beloved by fans around the world. Why is Mr Thornton such an enduring hero for you?

Thanks to Dr Diane Duffy and her spooky audience tonight looking at Ann Radcliff and the Female Gothic.            🎃
25/10/2023

Thanks to Dr Diane Duffy and her spooky audience tonight looking at Ann Radcliff and the Female Gothic.

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“She had passed the spring of youth, but her wit prolonged the triumph of its reign, and they mutually assisted the fame...
25/10/2023

“She had passed the spring of youth, but her wit prolonged the triumph of its reign, and they mutually assisted the fame of each other; for those, who were charmed by her loveliness, spoke with enthusiasm of her talents; and others, who admired her playful imagination, declared, that her personal graces were unrivalled.” Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho

This year marks the bicentenary of the death of Ann Radcliffe, literary superstar of the 1790s. Ann was a novelist, poet and pioneer of gothic literature. Our talk about her writing today is now sold out but you can still get a copy of the recording about this remarkable woman writer. Just check out our Frequently Asked Questions here https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/faqs-events/

'"The family," as they were called, came down for their autumn sojourn at the Towers, and again the house was full of vi...
25/10/2023

'"The family," as they were called, came down for their autumn sojourn at the Towers, and again the house was full of visitors, and the Towers' servants, and carriages, and liveries were seen in the two streets of Hollingford, just as they might have been seen for scores of autumns past.' Wives and Daughters, 1865

Looking for somewhere the whole family will enjoy? Bring everyone to Elizabeth Gaskells House for family fun this Octobe...
24/10/2023

Looking for somewhere the whole family will enjoy? Bring everyone to Elizabeth Gaskells House for family fun this October half-term. Explore the house with our friendly room stewards, try our dressing up and then make your own brilliant bat to take home using pine cones, card and paper in our Servants Hall – and the best bit is, there’s no mess to clear up! Included in admission and kids go free with a paying adult. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 22 October – 2 November. Find out more https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/october-half-term-family-fun/

'The autumn drifted away through all its seasons. The golden corn-harvest, the walks through the stubble-fields, and ram...
24/10/2023

'The autumn drifted away through all its seasons. The golden corn-harvest, the walks through the stubble-fields, and rambles into hazel-copses in search of nuts; the stripping of the apple-orchards of their ruddy fruit, amid the joyous cries and shouts of watching children; and the gorgeous tulip-like colouring of the later time had now come on with the shortening days.' Wives and Daughters, 1865

'Sitting up in her bed-room this past autumn, with the light of her candle extinguished, and purely revelling in the sol...
23/10/2023

'Sitting up in her bed-room this past autumn, with the light of her candle extinguished, and purely revelling in the solemn beauty of the heavens and the earth.' North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, 1855.

'When her mind was discomposed... a book was the op**te that lulled it to repose.' Ann Radcliffe, The Romance of the For...
21/10/2023

'When her mind was discomposed... a book was the op**te that lulled it to repose.' Ann Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest, 1791

Only a few tickets left for our spooky night of literature as we celebrate the bicentenary of Ann Radcliffe, the ‘mighty magician’ of horror and the gothic.

Join Dr Diane Duffy for all the answers and more in this terrifying talk. Book to watch live on 25th October or receive the link https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/ann-radcliffe-and-the-female-gothic-a-genius-of-no-common-stamp/

‘She had, however, the pleasure of seeing Mary dimple and blush as she read the letter, which seemed to say the writer w...
20/10/2023

‘She had, however, the pleasure of seeing Mary dimple and blush as she read the letter, which seemed to say the writer was not indifferent to her’. Mary Barton, 1848

Learn more about Mary Barton at our 'Condition of England' Novels Panel in November https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/mary-barton-season/

Bring your little horrors along for Halloween family fun this October half-term and be inspired by cone craft at Elizabe...
19/10/2023

Bring your little horrors along for Halloween family fun this October half-term and be inspired by cone craft at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Make your own brilliant bat to take home using pine cones, card and paper in our Servants Hall – and the best bit is, there’s no mess to clear up! Included in admission and kids go free with a paying adult. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 22 October – 2 November. Find out more https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/october-half-term-family-fun/

'He could not forget the touch of her arms around his neck, impatiently felt as it had been at the time; but now the rec...
19/10/2023

'He could not forget the touch of her arms around his neck, impatiently felt as it had been at the time; but now the recollection of her clinging defence of him, seemed to thrill him through and through,—to melt away every resolution, all power of self-control, as if it were wax before a fire.' North and South, 1855

This is one of our favourite parts of the story. What's yours?

'If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under...
18/10/2023

'If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women: they do not read them in a true light' Shirley by Charlotte Brontë.

Charlotte Brontë is a giant of Victorian literature and the much-loved author of the classic Jane Eyre, but what of her lesser-read second novel, Shirley, written in the grief and sadness of family loss?

A new special partnership event explores the historical reality behind Charlotte’s writing including her beloved Yorkshire moors, famous sisters and the status of women in Victorian life. Join us online Wed 1 November as part of our Mary Barton season.

Find out more
https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/mary-barton-season/

Bring your little horrors along for Halloween family fun this half-term and make your own brilliant bat to take home!Und...
17/10/2023

Bring your little horrors along for Halloween family fun this half-term and make your own brilliant bat to take home!

Under 16s free with a paying adult.
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11-3pm

October Halloween Family Fun Half-Term Elizabeth Gaskells House Kids Craft Activities Holidays Manchester Whats On Autumn families

'It was one of those still and lovely autumn days when the red and yellow leaves are hanging-pegs to dewy, brilliant gos...
17/10/2023

'It was one of those still and lovely autumn days when the red and yellow leaves are hanging-pegs to dewy, brilliant gossamer-webs; when the hedges are full of trailing brambles, loaded with ripe blackberries; when the air is full of the farewell whistles and pipes of birds, clear and short—not the long full-throated warbles of spring; when the whirr of the partridge's wings is heard in the stubble-fields, as the sharp hoof-blows fall on the paved lanes; when here and there a leaf floats and flutters down to the ground, although there is not a single breath of wind.' Wives and Daughters, 1865

We are looking to speak to people who lived in what is now Elizabeth Gaskell's House when it was the University of Manch...
17/10/2023

We are looking to speak to people who lived in what is now Elizabeth Gaskell's House when it was the University of Manchester International Society between the 1960s-1990s.

Please email [email protected] if you would happy to share your experiences.
Thank you!

University of Manchester Alumni

The perfect trip out for families of all ages! Visit Elizabeth Gaskell's House this half-term and let the kids get stuck...
17/10/2023

The perfect trip out for families of all ages! Visit Elizabeth Gaskell's House this half-term and let the kids get stuck in making their own creepy craft. There’s colouring to try, dressing up and our popular Cranford the cat trail around the house – all included in admission. Our friendly volunteers welcome everyone and the house is very hands on so kids can feel at home. There's a range of delicious snacks and cakes in the Tea Room too. Plus children go free with a paying adult. Have you visited yet?
https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/october-half-term-family-fun/

‘I am weary of it all, but one’s duty is to be hospitable I suppose, only no-one seems to have anything to do’. Elizabet...
16/10/2023

‘I am weary of it all, but one’s duty is to be hospitable I suppose, only no-one seems to have anything to do’. Elizabeth to her daughter Marianne, Autumn 1865

More half term family fun at the house!
16/10/2023

More half term family fun at the house!

Get creative with arts and crafts of the spook-tacular variety this October Half-term at Elizabeth Gaskell's House.

We've got a double dose of Mary Barton events planned for you, starting with 'Shirley - Charlotte Bronte and the Industr...
16/10/2023

We've got a double dose of Mary Barton events planned for you, starting with 'Shirley - Charlotte Bronte and the Industrial novel' on Wed 1 Nov. Then we take a fresh look at 'Condition of England' novels with our expert panel on 22 Nov including Dr Ingrid Hanson, Prof Michael Sanders and Dr Emma Liggins.

Charlotte Brontë is a giant of Victorian literature and the much-loved author of the classic Jane Eyre, but what of her lesser-read second novel, Shirley, written in the grief and sadness of family loss?

Brontë’s Shirley was set amongst the tumultuous times of the Napoleonic Wars and Luddite machine breakers. Her strong female characters and industrial strife show the author had plenty to say about contemporary class and sexual politics, much like her friend Elizabeth Gaskell in her first novel, Mary Barton.

Elizabeth spoke of the ‘unhappy state of things’ in Mary Barton and explored the issue again in her later work North and South. She was one of a number of authors concerned with the divide between the rich and poor. Contemporaries such as Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Kingsley, F***y Trollope and Harriet Martineau shared her concerns in novels such as Hard Times, Bleak House, Shirley and Michael Armstrong: Factory Boy.

So what answers could these writers offer?

Book now to watch live or get the recording https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/mary-barton-season/

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Elizabeth Gaskell's House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester
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Wednesday 11am - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

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Beautifully restored home of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, & her family just a short walk from Oxford Road in Manchester. Open to visitors every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11am-4.30pm, and to pre-booked private tours, school groups and weddings on all other days.


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Hello, I have a ticket for the gothic tales event starting soon but don't know how to access it. Can you please help? Thank you, Kate
This may be old news, but the splendid Radio 4 Extra channel (which seems to me far more interesting than dreary old Radio 4 these days), has been repeating the 1998 dramatisation of this Cranford story....very well acted and very funny....though not being familiar with the text I can't judge how faithful it is to the original
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What a wonderful time we had today whilst visiting Elizabeth Gaskell's Home, one of the most amazing novelists of English literature. It was very interesting to find out how many brilliant artists and great minds visited the Gaskell family and how they were all connected. I have to say the volunteers/staff here are really lovely, welcoming and very knowledgeable. The cakes and tea were also delicious. Thank you for keeping this wonderful legacy alive. ❤📚✍
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?