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.Open Wed, Thurs & Sunday, 11-4.30pm.
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Pre-booking required. Beautifully restored home of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, & her family at 84 Plymouth Grove. Keep up to date with news and events here!

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Don't miss an introduction to Elizabeth Gaskell's groundbreaking book 'The Life of Charlotte Bronte' in partnership with...
11/06/2021

Don't miss an introduction to Elizabeth Gaskell's groundbreaking book 'The Life of Charlotte Bronte' in partnership with the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Sue Newby, Learning Officer at the Parsonage, explores the first full length biography written by and about a woman writer. Part of a short season of events about Elizabeth and Charlotte's friendship and work. Book now for 28th July https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/online-talk-the-life-of-charlotte-bronte-by-elizabeth-gaskell-an-introduction/

Don't miss an introduction to Elizabeth Gaskell's groundbreaking book 'The Life of Charlotte Bronte' in partnership with the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Sue Newby, Learning Officer at the Parsonage, explores the first full length biography written by and about a woman writer. Part of a short season of events about Elizabeth and Charlotte's friendship and work. Book now for 28th July https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/online-talk-the-life-of-charlotte-bronte-by-elizabeth-gaskell-an-introduction/

Meet some of Elizabeth Gaskell's famous acquaintances - John Ruskin, Charles Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe (all 3 of th...
10/06/2021

Meet some of Elizabeth Gaskell's famous acquaintances - John Ruskin, Charles Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe (all 3 of them) and Charlotte Brontë hiding behind the curtains in LipService Theatre's new film. Online with a live Q&A from Maggie & Sue on 30th June http://ow.ly/gPpD50EUFAA

Meet some of Elizabeth Gaskell's famous acquaintances - John Ruskin, Charles Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe (all 3 of them) and Charlotte Brontë hiding behind the curtains in LipService Theatre's new film. Online with a live Q&A from Maggie & Sue on 30th June http://ow.ly/gPpD50EUFAA

The Story Must Be Told! Our Charlotte Bronte season kicks off on 14th July with  Finola Austin's meticulously researched...
09/06/2021
Online Talk: Bronte's Mistress: The Story Must Be Told - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

The Story Must Be Told! Our Charlotte Bronte season kicks off on 14th July with Finola Austin's meticulously researched and deliciously told novel, Brontë’s Mistress, with its captivating reimagining of the affair between Branwell Bronte (brother of the famous Bronte sisters) and Lydia Robinson, his employer’s wife. Elizabeth Gaskell wrote of the scandalous affair in her groundbreaking biography, The Life of Charlotte Bronte, and it has divided Brontë enthusiasts for generations.

How do writers sometimes blur the line between biography and fiction?

@FinolaAustinWriter https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/online-talk-brontes-mistress-the-story-must-be-told/

Talk by Finola Austin Author Finola Austin brings us her meticulously researched and deliciously told novel, Brontë’s Mistress, with its captivating reimagining of the affair between Branwell Bronte (brother of the famous Bronte sisters) and Lydia Robinson, his employer’s wife. Elizabeth Gask...

We received this lovely letter in the post this week... our volunteer team are truly amazing and this means so much afte...
09/06/2021

We received this lovely letter in the post this week... our volunteer team are truly amazing and this means so much after the past 18 months!

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To all the lovely volunteers we met during our visit on 26 May.

Thank you so much for having us! You were all so strikingly friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable about the house and the Gaskells – your enthusiasm was contagious. I’m not especially in the habit of writing thank you letters after such a visit but it really did stand out as an a experience.

From the passionate gardening volunteer who walked us round the beautiful gardens when we arrived to the warm welcome on the front desk and the engaging and enlightening conversation in each room – we loved it all. What an excellent team!

As for the house itself – it is just stunning and a privilege to be able to see inside. You should all be proud of the restoration work and in particular the bedroom, which has been superbly done.
Loved the tearoom and shop too, how nice t come away full of cake and with a large bag of books!

We visited on the recommendation of a friend and I am so glad we did. I shall definitely encourage friends to do the same when they are in Manchester.
Please do keep on shining your light! This is exactly what we all need and it’s so heart-warming to see.

We received this lovely letter in the post this week... our volunteer team are truly amazing and this means so much after the past 18 months!

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To all the lovely volunteers we met during our visit on 26 May.

Thank you so much for having us! You were all so strikingly friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable about the house and the Gaskells – your enthusiasm was contagious. I’m not especially in the habit of writing thank you letters after such a visit but it really did stand out as an a experience.

From the passionate gardening volunteer who walked us round the beautiful gardens when we arrived to the warm welcome on the front desk and the engaging and enlightening conversation in each room – we loved it all. What an excellent team!

As for the house itself – it is just stunning and a privilege to be able to see inside. You should all be proud of the restoration work and in particular the bedroom, which has been superbly done.
Loved the tearoom and shop too, how nice t come away full of cake and with a large bag of books!

We visited on the recommendation of a friend and I am so glad we did. I shall definitely encourage friends to do the same when they are in Manchester.
Please do keep on shining your light! This is exactly what we all need and it’s so heart-warming to see.

08/06/2021

*** Job Klaxon ***
We are recruiting for a Wedding and Conference Coordinator to join the team at Elizabeth Gaskell's House.
4 days a week. Deadline for applications 22 June. See website for details http://ow.ly/2kXF50F5mhL #newjob #weddingjob @OxRdMcr

*** Job Klaxon *** We are recruiting for a Wedding and Conference Coordinator to join the team at Elizabeth Gaskell's Ho...
08/06/2021
Wedding and Conference Coordinator - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

*** Job Klaxon ***
We are recruiting for a Wedding and Conference Coordinator to join the team at Elizabeth Gaskell's House.
4 days a week. Deadline for applications 22 June. See website for details http://ow.ly/2kXF50F5mhL #newjob #weddingjob @OxRdMcr

We are looking for a dynamic and hands-on person to join our small team at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House as a Wedding and Conference Coordinator. Over the past four years we have carved out a niche as a unique and super friendly wedding and meeting venue in Manchester and we need someone to run and de...

We're delighted to announce a new series of events on Charlotte Bronte and Elizabeth Gaskell in partnership with the Bro...
07/06/2021

We're delighted to announce a new series of events on Charlotte Bronte and Elizabeth Gaskell in partnership with the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Find out about the two women's friendship and the controversy of Elizabeth's groundbreaking biography, The Life of Charlotte Bronte. In July and August there are three talks and a special panel event chaired by Libby Tempest of the Gaskell Society.
Bronte Parsonage Museum
http://ow.ly/a7u750F42S8

This pretty aquilegia is in flower in the front border  named Nora Barlow after the botanist granddaughter of Charles Da...
07/06/2021

This pretty aquilegia is in flower in the front border named Nora Barlow after the botanist granddaughter of Charles Darwin. And a double narcissus which we believe to be 'Sweet Nancy' as mentioned in Mary Barton.

Plus we have a selection of plants for sale.

Lots of availability mid-week if you want to visit and see these flowers for yourself
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We're looking forward to July and a new talk on Homes and Houses in Literature with Philip Watts. This entertaining talk...
04/06/2021
Online Talk: Houses and Homes in Literature: From Shakespeare to the Present Day - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

We're looking forward to July and a new talk on Homes and Houses in Literature with Philip Watts. This entertaining talk begins with the Gaskells’ acquisition of their house in Plymouth Grove and its reflection in North and South. Explore the significance of writers’ domestic places and spaces with literary extracts from Shakespeare to the present day. Join us online at 7pm on 7th July. https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/houses-and-homes-in-literature-from-shakespeare-to-the-present-day/

This entertaining talk with readings begins with the Gaskells’ acquisition of their house in Plymouth Grove and its reflection in North and South. Writer and guide Philip Watts explores the significance of writers’ domestic places and spaces by stitching together a patchwork quilt of literary ex...

Its June and that means more literary lunacy from LipService Theatre! In a new short film created onsite at Elizabeth Ga...
01/06/2021

Its June and that means more literary lunacy from LipService Theatre! In a new short film created onsite at Elizabeth Gaskell House they'll bring you Mrs Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, John Ruskin and a big giggle or two. Followed by Mrs Gaskell's Book Club sketch and live Q&A - all from the comfort of your own home. Tickets have sold fast so book now! http://ow.ly/SLKN50EFsEE

Its June and that means more literary lunacy from LipService Theatre! In a new short film created onsite at Elizabeth Gaskell House they'll bring you Mrs Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, John Ruskin and a big giggle or two. Followed by Mrs Gaskell's Book Club sketch and live Q&A - all from the comfort of your own home. Tickets have sold fast so book now! http://ow.ly/SLKN50EFsEE

#OTD 1853, Charlotte Bronte is enticing Elizabeth Gaskell to visit her at Haworth: 'When you take leave of the domestic ...
01/06/2021

#OTD 1853, Charlotte Bronte is enticing Elizabeth Gaskell to visit her at Haworth: 'When you take leave of the domestic circle and turn your back on Plymouth Grove to come to Haworth, you must do it in the spirit which might sustain you in case you were setting out on a brief trip to the backwoods of America. Leaving behind your husband, children, and civilisation, you must come out to barbarism, loneliness and liberty. The change will perhaps do good, if not too prolonged.'

#OTD 1853, Charlotte Bronte is enticing Elizabeth Gaskell to visit her at Haworth: 'When you take leave of the domestic circle and turn your back on Plymouth Grove to come to Haworth, you must do it in the spirit which might sustain you in case you were setting out on a brief trip to the backwoods of America. Leaving behind your husband, children, and civilisation, you must come out to barbarism, loneliness and liberty. The change will perhaps do good, if not too prolonged.'

May has been a busy month for events. We hope you enjoyed them as much as we have!Our summer programme includes a new ta...
30/05/2021
Online Talk: Houses and Homes in Literature: From Shakespeare to the Present Day - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

May has been a busy month for events. We hope you enjoyed them as much as we have!

Our summer programme includes a new talk on Homes and Houses in Literature with Philip Watts. This entertaining talk with readings begins with the Gaskells’ acquisition of their house in Plymouth Grove and its reflection in North and South. Explore the significance of writers’ domestic places and spaces by stitching together a patchwork quilt of literary extracts from Shakespeare to the present day. Join us on 7th July at 7pm. https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/houses-and-homes-in-literature-from-shakespeare-to-the-present-day/

This entertaining talk with readings begins with the Gaskells’ acquisition of their house in Plymouth Grove and its reflection in North and South. Writer and guide Philip Watts explores the significance of writers’ domestic places and spaces by stitching together a patchwork quilt of literary ex...

So much fun to be filming with Lip Service Theatre this week onsite at the house. Don't miss out on some literary laughs...
27/05/2021

So much fun to be filming with Lip Service Theatre this week onsite at the house. Don't miss out on some literary laughs - book your place now for our online film launch of Under the Covers: Literary Liaisons in June http://ow.ly/PuiO50EUENo

So much fun to be filming with Lip Service Theatre this week onsite at the house. Don't miss out on some literary laughs - book your place now for our online film launch of Under the Covers: Literary Liaisons in June http://ow.ly/PuiO50EUENo

Thanks to everyone for attending Philip Watts talk on Lawrence and Larkin tonight. Very interesting research and lovely ...
26/05/2021

Thanks to everyone for attending Philip Watts talk on Lawrence and Larkin tonight. Very interesting research and lovely readings by Lesley & Pauline.

Thanks to everyone for attending Philip Watts talk on Lawrence and Larkin tonight. Very interesting research and lovely readings by Lesley & Pauline.

It's a wrap. Think today's filming with @LipServicetour has been too much for Charles Dickens... or maybe it's Cranford ...
25/05/2021

It's a wrap. Think today's filming with
@LipServicetour has been too much for Charles Dickens... or maybe it's Cranford that's sent him under? Book for the online film launch 30th June here https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/between-the-covers-literary-liaisons/…

It's a wrap. Think today's filming with
@LipServicetour has been too much for Charles Dickens... or maybe it's Cranford that's sent him under? Book for the online film launch 30th June here https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/between-the-covers-literary-liaisons/…

Is that Charlotte Bronte hiding in the curtains? More fun with LipService Theatre.
25/05/2021

Is that Charlotte Bronte hiding in the curtains? More fun with LipService Theatre.

Is that Charlotte Bronte hiding in the curtains? More fun with LipService Theatre.

Great to hear the rehearsal for this Wed's Sons & Mothers: Lawrence, Larkin & the Maternal Muse with Philip Watts. Thank...
24/05/2021

Great to hear the rehearsal for this Wed's Sons & Mothers: Lawrence, Larkin & the Maternal Muse with Philip Watts. Thanks to Lesley and Pauline for their performances of the poetry and writing of these complex writers. Book here https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/sons-and-mothers-lawrence-larkin-and-the-maternal-muse/

Great to hear the rehearsal for this Wed's Sons & Mothers: Lawrence, Larkin & the Maternal Muse with Philip Watts. Thanks to Lesley and Pauline for their performances of the poetry and writing of these complex writers. Book here https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/sons-and-mothers-lawrence-larkin-and-the-maternal-muse/

Put the kettle on, it's time for a tea and a new blog! #teatime #cranford #charlottebrontehttp://ow.ly/Pzhi50ETEqu
24/05/2021
Tea at Cranford: Charlotte Bronte and the Great Victorian Tea Fraud - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Put the kettle on, it's time for a tea and a new blog! #teatime #cranford #charlottebronte
http://ow.ly/Pzhi50ETEqu

Tea plays an integral role in Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel Cranford. Grown in India, a British colony, and imported by the East India Company, tea became a national beverage which could be found in practically every household. But tea was more than just an infusion of dried leaves it was he beverage ...

We can't wait for 'Between the Covers - Literary Liaisons' by “Britain’s favourite literary lunatics” LipService Theatre...
21/05/2021

We can't wait for 'Between the Covers - Literary Liaisons' by “Britain’s favourite literary lunatics” LipService Theatre on 30th June. New short film featuring Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dicken, John Ruskin and more plus the Mrs Gaskell Book Club Sketch and live Q&A - all from the comfort of your own home. https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/between-the-covers-literary-liaisons

We can't wait for 'Between the Covers - Literary Liaisons' by “Britain’s favourite literary lunatics” LipService Theatre on 30th June. New short film featuring Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dicken, John Ruskin and more plus the Mrs Gaskell Book Club Sketch and live Q&A - all from the comfort of your own home. https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/events/between-the-covers-literary-liaisons

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Elizabeth Gaskell's House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester
M13 9LW

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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
My recently published work, Unto This Last: A Novel, dedicated to the complex personal relationships of John Ruskin, might of interest to your followers? For more information & links of where to order online please see www.rebeccalipkin.com
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?