Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Elizabeth Gaskell's House 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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The mulled wine may have gone to our head... http://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/squirrel-knutsford-and-the-winter-beddin...
16/12/2019
Squirrel Knutsford and the Winter Bedding - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

The mulled wine may have gone to our head...

http://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/squirrel-knutsford-and-the-winter-bedding/

Squirrel Knutsford felt he lived a good life. He had a drey in the roof of a warm block of flats on Plymouth Grove. From there it was just a small leap to the branches of a tree, a scramble down the trunk, a scamper across a patch of grass and he was at the wall that surrounded the garden. Just a br...

"Through the day & through the night, Christmas makes thy journey bright"Look at the Christmas card we've found in one o...
13/12/2019

"Through the day & through the night, Christmas makes thy journey bright"
Look at the Christmas card we've found in one of the books in the study.

Do read this lovely blog from one of our visitors who taught us such a lot about this picture in the dining room. Thank ...
12/12/2019
The Big Houses Of The Heatons : Interlude Elizabeth Gaskells House

Do read this lovely blog from one of our visitors who taught us such a lot about this picture in the dining room.
Thank you so much Allan and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

https://allanprussell.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/the-big-houses-of-the-heatons-interlude-elizabeth-gaskells-house/

I paid a visit today to Mrs Gaskell’s house near Plymouth Grove. It was really good to get a feel for what a Victorian Merchant’s house looked like after writing about them for so long,…

There are still a few spaces left for our Wedding Afternoon Event happening in January!This is a brilliant opportunity f...
11/12/2019

There are still a few spaces left for our Wedding Afternoon Event happening in January!

This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone who is interested in getting married at the house to speak with our wedding coordinator and have a tour around the grounds.

email [email protected] to book your space now.

MCRCityofLit
09/12/2019

MCRCityofLit

Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton - A Manchester Tale (1848)

The "most moving response in literature to the industrial suffering of the 1840s" (Raymond Williams), this is the story of the division between employers and employed, and between rich and poor in a rapidly expanding Manchester.

UNESCO's Sustainable Development #Goal8 is Decent Work and Economic Growth.

By 2030 UNESCO aims to end modern slavery, protect labour rights and safe working environments, and decouple economic growth from environmental degradation: bit.ly/2YgbdA7

#17Booksfor17SDGs
The Gaskell Society Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Just a few of the book hauls bought by our wonderful visitors at the secondhand book sale today - showing the sheer vari...
08/12/2019

Just a few of the book hauls bought by our wonderful visitors at the secondhand book sale today - showing the sheer variety of stock we have! If you didn’t get chance to visit today then we hope to see you in 2020 for our first sale of the year on 12 Jan #lovebooks

Twelfth Night cake! Homemade by one of our volunteers. The House is set up all ready to host The Victorian Socity Christ...
07/12/2019

Twelfth Night cake! Homemade by one of our volunteers. The House is set up all ready to host The Victorian Socity Christmas event today.

Find out how the Gaskell family celebrated Christmas on the blog... then come and visit to see our Victorian style tree ...
06/12/2019
Christmas with the Gaskells - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Find out how the Gaskell family celebrated Christmas on the blog... then come and visit to see our Victorian style tree and join us for mulled wine and mince pies in the Tea Room (until 15 Dec)
http://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/christmas-with-the-gaskells/

Elizabeth’s husband, William, was a minister of religion, so the Gaskells celebrated Christmas as a religious occasion.  They would attend the Christmas Day service at the Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, where William was minister.  This usually entailed walking into central Manchester.  “Xmas...

If you need another reason to visit is this month we have mulled wine and mince pies on sale in the Tea Room! (£5 for th...
06/12/2019

If you need another reason to visit is this month we have mulled wine and mince pies on sale in the Tea Room! (£5 for the combo)

N.B The House is open until Sunday 15 Dec and then we reopen on Thursday Jan 2nd.

Between 1-3pm on the 19th January 2020 we are hosting our very own Wedding Open Afternoon!This is to give anyone who is ...
03/12/2019

Between 1-3pm on the 19th January 2020 we are hosting our very own Wedding Open Afternoon!

This is to give anyone who is interested in getting married at Elizabeth Gaskell's House a chance to speak to our very own Wedding Coordinator, tour the beautiful grounds and even grab a glass of bubbly... for free!

Booking is required for free entry and your free glass of prosecco, so please email [email protected] to secure a space.

See you there!

We have a stall at Manchester Art Gallery today for Museum Shop Sunday! Come and say hello if you are in Manchester - we...
01/12/2019

We have a stall at Manchester Art Gallery today for Museum Shop Sunday! Come and say hello if you are in Manchester - we have Christmas decorations, gifts and cards on sale.

A full house today for Christmas carols in the Drawing Room, for our Friends' Christmas event, led by our House singing ...
30/11/2019

A full house today for Christmas carols in the Drawing Room, for our Friends' Christmas event, led by our House singing group Herizons and volunteer Robert on piano.

Second-hand Book Sale and Gift Fair with Christmas Carols.Saturday 30 November 2 to 4pmCome and join The Friends of Eliz...
28/11/2019

Second-hand Book Sale and Gift Fair with Christmas Carols.
Saturday 30 November 2 to 4pm

Come and join The Friends of Elizazabeth Gaskell's House for Christmas carols in the Drawing Room round the piano, mulled wine and mince pies and a chance to stock up on some lovely Christmas gifts.

As well as our second-hand book sale, we will have a selection of pre-loved scarves and shawls for sale as well as gifts made by our House Sewing Bee, tree decorations and a wide variety of other gifts

If the shopping doesn't tempt you, come and socialise, meet Friends' members and find out how to become a Friend and support the House.

£6.50 entry - ticket only

Tickets
http://ow.ly/NuBg50xlMtg

Our book tree is up! Thanks to volunteers Eve, Laura and Chris for building this! N.b Our next second-hand book sale is ...
27/11/2019

Our book tree is up! Thanks to volunteers Eve, Laura and Chris for building this!

N.b Our next second-hand book sale is Sunday 8 Dec - your last chance to get a Christmas presents for that book lover in your life!

Just had to share this from our friends at the John Rylands Library
25/11/2019

Just had to share this from our friends at the John Rylands Library

Our next #HairyArchives item for #ExploreYourArchives is a lock of William Wordsworth’s hair and slip of paper that it is wrapped in, Hopefully he gave permission before it was snipped off ✂️ #MementoMori

22/11/2019

Join us on our Instagram and Twitter pages for the @kidsinmuseums digital #TakeoverDay 🌟 Led by our fabulous Under 25's group, get an insight into what we do here at the house and what it's like to volunteer and visit us as a young person!

We love hosting private tours for book groups! (Available to pre-book on any week-day evening from 6pm.) Read about the ...
20/11/2019
Book Group Tours - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

We love hosting private tours for book groups!
(Available to pre-book on any week-day evening from 6pm.)

Read about the latest visit from a local book group http://ow.ly/cqsk50xg3IV #bookgroups #bookworms #lovebooks

A group of eleven of us came on a book club outing to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House one November evening. The house itself and volunteers Louanne and Jane gave us a warm welcome in from the cold evening air. We chatted in the cheerful tearoom briefly until all had arrived, and our tour of the house co...

If you were wondering what our recent all-day textile workshops were all about - then wonder no more. Nina tells us all ...
18/11/2019
Enjoying traditional crafts at Eilzabeth Gaskell's House - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

If you were wondering what our recent all-day textile workshops were all about - then wonder no more. Nina tells us all in the latest blog.
http://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/enjoying-traditional-crafts-at-eilzabeth-gaskells-house/

Another year had passed and I’d kept promising myself I’d learn a craft. Luckily, l chose to join Dee Sayce’s fabulous weaving workshop at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House for a day. The setting is lovely- the warm spacious and light servants’ hall where Elizabeth’s household servants would pas...

"It’s Sunday October 30th 1859 and Elizabeth Gaskell is finishing a long letter to her friend, Charles Eliot Norton whic...
11/11/2019
It's November 1859 - and Elizabeth Gaskell is in Whitby - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

"It’s Sunday October 30th 1859 and Elizabeth Gaskell is finishing a long letter to her friend, Charles Eliot Norton which she’d started five days before. She writes: I have missed the Saturday mail, – & Meta, Julia & I are going for a week or ten days to Whitby tomorrow."..... Read more on the blog

http://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/its-november-1859-and-elizabeth-gaskell-is-in-whitby/

It’s Sunday October 30th 1859 and Elizabeth Gaskell is finishing a long letter to her friend, Charles Eliot Norton which she’d started five days before. She writes: I have missed the Saturday mail, – & Meta, Julia & I are going for a week or ten days to Whitby tomorrow. And writing to George S...

Really good to see Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell on this list!
07/11/2019
6 novels that captured life in Britain

Really good to see Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell on this list!

As a BBC Two series marks the 300th birthday of the English language novel, we ask six leading authors and academics to pick the works of fiction they feel have best captured life in Britain and its empire since 1719

“When the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust acquired Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in 2004, the garden was a shadow of its...
06/11/2019
Manchester’s Literary Garden Honoured with Britain In Bloom Award - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

“When the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust acquired Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in 2004, the garden was a shadow of its former glory having suffered many years of neglect, so it is with great pleasure that we have been awarded a Silver Gilt award in the very first year of entering this national competition.”

http://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/manchesters-literary-garden-honoured-with-britain-in-bloom-award/

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...

Elizabeth Gaskell's House
05/11/2019

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Delighted to share the news that our beloved garden received a Silver Gilt Award at the RHS In Bloom 2019 Awards. We are...
03/11/2019

Delighted to share the news that our beloved garden received a Silver Gilt Award at the RHS In Bloom 2019 Awards.
We are all utterly thrilled - especially as this was the first time we have entered. BIG thanks to all the gardeners and the other volunteers to who helped us to achieve this and thank you to Chris and Jackie for receiving the award on behalf of the team at Elizabeth Gaskell's House.

“The trees were gorgeous in their autumnal leafiness - the warm odours of flowers and herb came sweet upon the sense” El...
30/10/2019

“The trees were gorgeous in their autumnal leafiness - the warm odours of flowers and herb came sweet upon the sense” Elizabeth Gaskell, ‘North and South’ 🍁🍁

We’re enjoying the warm sun and rich colours of autumn at the House today.

And we’ll be making lovely leaf mobiles in our #HalfTerm family craft workshop this afternoon 🍁🍁 Drop in between 1-3pm to join us 🍁🍁

Friends of Rochdale Town Hall
27/10/2019

Friends of Rochdale Town Hall

The friends went on an exchange visit to Elizabeth Gaskell House a great outing and thanks to Elizabeth Mcnabb for organising, we are very much looking forward to the friends of the house visiting our beautiful Town Hall.

The October volunteer trip was to the suitable spooky Samlesbury Hall near Preston in Lancashire. Find out what our volu...
25/10/2019
Volunteers on Tour : Samlesbury Hall - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

The October volunteer trip was to the suitable spooky Samlesbury Hall near Preston in Lancashire. Find out what our volunteers discovered when they met Janey the witch!
http://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/volunteers-on-tour-samlesbury-hall/

It was a highly entertaining day out for Elizabeth Gaskell’s House volunteers at Samlesbury Hall in Lancashire this week, where we were treated to a tour by Janey the witch. Convincingly made up with acne and very bad teeth, Janey brilliantly conjured up life in the great hall in the 14th century ...

Chris from the volunteer gardening team explores Ruskin's interest in botany and the links to our own garden in the late...
24/10/2019
John Ruskin's Cravat - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Chris from the volunteer gardening team explores Ruskin's interest in botany and the links to our own garden in the latest blog
http://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/john-ruskins-cravat/

There is a deep blue aconite coming to the end of its flowering in the garden at present. It is almost the same shade of blue as the cravat worn by John Ruskin in the portrait painted of him in 1879 and now in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. Apparently, John Ruskin liked the colour....

24/10/2019

Muted colours in the garden as the autumn leaf fall starts except for the dahlias which are still providing colour!

16/10/2019
Family crafts at Elizabeth Gaskell's House this half term

Join us for half term family crafts on Wednesday 30 October, 1-3pm - we are making seasonal leaf mobiles - inspired by the nature around us and our current Ruskin exhibition
No need to book! (£1 for under 16s, usual admission for adults)

15/10/2019
Room hire at Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Looking for a unique and unusual venue for your meeting or event in Manchester? Then take a look at the different spaces within Elizabeth Gaskell's House available for hire.

10/10/2019

There are still splashes of colour in the garden, even without the autumn leaves, and the berries on the hollies are quite a sight.

If you are looking to plan a training, meeting or social event for your business then you might want to give this a litt...
07/10/2019
Business Matters: How to host the perfect event… with little help from Elizabeth Gaskell

If you are looking to plan a training, meeting or social event for your business then you might want to give this a little read!

https://www.insidermedia.com/blogs/north-west/how-to-host-the-perfect-eventwith-little-help-from-elizabeth-gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell's House offers a variety of different conference rooms for you to hire. Get in contact on [email protected] to find out more!

Ellie Algieri, room hire and wedding coordinator at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester, shares tips on how to host a perfect event.

Happy birthday to us! We have been open to the public FIVE Years this week! http://ow.ly/h4ko50wqt9UThat's at least 8,50...
05/10/2019

Happy birthday to us! We have been open to the public FIVE Years this week! http://ow.ly/h4ko50wqt9U
That's at least 8,500 hours of volunteer time just for public open days! then there's the tours, school visits, events & weddings - Thank you to all our volunteers past & present!

Ellie, our Wedding and and Conference Coordinator, shares her top tips on booking a venue for your meeting or event. htt...
04/10/2019
Business Matters: How to host the perfect event… with little help from Elizabeth Gaskell

Ellie, our Wedding and and Conference Coordinator, shares her top tips on booking a venue for your meeting or event.

https://www.insidermedia.com/blogs/north-west/how-to-host-the-perfect-eventwith-little-help-from-elizabeth-gaskell?utm_source=northwest_newsletter&utm_campaign=northwest_news_tracker_features_2_tracker&utm_medium=insider_features_article

Ellie Algieri, room hire and wedding coordinator at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester, shares tips on how to host a perfect event.

It's all about Florence Nightingale this evening at the Elizabeth Gaskell's House event organised by the Friends. We hea...
03/10/2019

It's all about Florence Nightingale this evening at the Elizabeth Gaskell's House event organised by the Friends. We heard all about the lithograph we have in the Drawing Room which was given to Elizabeth by Florence's sister.
Now we are learning about the woman behind the legend of Florence Nightingale - a fascinating insight in a talk by Nightingale expert Aled Jones.
You can join the Friends for just £10 a year.
http://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/get-involved/friends-elizabeth-gaskell-house/

As part of National Poetry Day we have poems in each of the rooms that visitors can read each with some connection to th...
03/10/2019

As part of National Poetry Day we have poems in each of the rooms that visitors can read each with some connection to the Gaskell family.
Did you know that Elizabeth Gaskell and Elizabeth Barrett Browning corresponded with each other and met several times. In 1853 the poet had read the recently published Ruth, and wrote to Elizabeth Gaskell to say she had admired its ‘purity’, its style and truth.
So today we have a copy of How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the Drawing Room where Elizabeth would have sat to write.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight.
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Kicking off #NationalPoetryDay with a blog about Elizabeth's friend Mary Howitt who wrote 'The Spider and the Fly'.... "...
03/10/2019
"Will you walk into my parlour?" - elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Kicking off #NationalPoetryDay with a blog about Elizabeth's friend Mary Howitt who wrote 'The Spider and the Fly'.... "Will you walk into my parlour said the Spider to the fly.." @PoetryDayUK
http://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/will-walk-parlour/

One of Elizabeth Gaskell’s close friends was fellow writer Mary Howitt (1799-1888). Both she and her husband William were key figures in Elizabeth’s early writing career. She had written to them in 1838 with an account of a visit by her to Clopton House near Stratford-on-Avon, thought to be haun...

A sunny day today so the autumn flowers can show off and the gardeners could plant iris tubers for next year.  The dahli...
02/10/2019

A sunny day today so the autumn flowers can show off and the gardeners could plant iris tubers for next year. The dahlia York and Lancaster shows the colouring that gave rise to its name and from certain angles the house looks to be far away from the city.

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

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11:00 - 16:30
Thursday 11:00 - 16:30
Sunday 11:00 - 16:30

Telephone

01612732215

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