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Gaskell Society Conference 2017

Friday 21 July, 4:00 pm - Monday 24 July, 10:00 am


Royal Beach Hotel, Portsmouth

21st– 24th July

        Conference Booking Form 

Our Conference this year will be held at the Royal Beach Hotel, Portsmouth. Built in1866 with a sea front aspect and on-site parking, this venue is a delightful location to experience a little of what Gaskell would have enjoyed on her visit to Portsmouth in 1861.

The Conference theme is North and South, considering both the novel and the geographical locations. Responding to feedback from last time, we have decided to hold 2 talks on Saturday morning and 3 talks on Sunday morning plus talks on Friday, before and after dinner. The talks will include the history of the area, frustrations of Gaskell and Dickens publishing at the same time, the reception of North and South in regional newspapers, the Industrial North and Gilpin and the picturesque. Afternoon trips round Portsmouth and the New Forest will be run and we hope to offer, as an alternative, a North and South study session on Saturday afternoon. Professors James Drife and Walter Nimmo are returning by popular demand to entertain us on Saturday evening.

The full cost of the conference is: £350 single    £330 double/twin   Non-conference participating members  £305              Non-members £375

Day rate for non-residents:  Mornings : talks plus lunch = £30

Sat and Sun afternoons: outings , dinner and entertainment = £50



Please return booking form (downloadable version at top of page) to Mrs Jackie Tucker, 210 Astley Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire SK16 4QD

Enquiries:      TEL. 0161 330 4188                EMAIL: 








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I would like to book a  SINGLE ROOM                                    £350            YES/NO*

I/we would like to book a TWIN ROOM, TWO SHARING          £330 each          YES/NO*

I/we would like to book a DOUBLE ROOM                            £330 each          YES/NO*

Any special access and/or dietary requirements:


I/we would like to book the coach YES/NO*. Price to be decided according to demand. Please give your preferred pick up point:

  1. a) Manchester 9am*   b) Macclesfield 9.45am*    c) Knutsford 10.30am*


To confirm a place, please enclose a non-refundable £75 deposit by cheque, payable to THE GASKELL SOCIETY by the Mon 10th April 2017. The balance will be required by 1st June.

Overseas members – deposit and balance to be paid by the dates above or full payment by 10th April. Please pay via Paypal or by internet transfer – email Jackie Tucker for details.


Friday 21 July, 4:00 pm
Monday 24 July, 10:00 am
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Best Western Royal Beach Hotel
St Helens Parade
Portsmouth, PO4 0RN
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