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October 2014

Manchester Meeting

Tuesday 7 October, 2014, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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The Pendle Witches A talk by Dr Robert Poole The 1612 trial of the Lancashire (or Pendle) witches was England's biggest peacetime witch trial. The Victorian revival of interest began in the late 1840s, with the publication by the Chetham Society of Thomas Potts' 1612 account of the trial inspiring Harrison Ainsworth's bestselling novel The Lancashire Witches. This illustrated lecture will discuss both the trial and attitudes to witchcraft in Gaskell's day Robert Poole was consultant historian to the 400th anniversary commemoration of the trial…

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November 2014

Manchester Meeting

Tuesday 4 November, 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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Ernest Jones’s class negotiations through literature during the Chartist period A talk by Dr Simon Rennie   For a few short years towards the end of their respective lives, Ernest Charles Jones (1819-69) and Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) lived in Manchester at the same time. Both were members of the middle class lauded for their efforts on behalf of the working class through their literary interventions, but the models of their relationship with a different social class could not be more different.…

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December 2014

Manchester Meeting

Tuesday 2 December, 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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"Of all the good days in the year": Rediscovering Dickens's A Christmas Carol A talk by Dr Michael Sanders Everyone knows - or thinks they know - Dickens's A Christmas Carol.  This talk examines the origins of Dickens's most famous novella and the artistic, social and financial motivations behind its creation, to reveal a darker core to this much-loved tale. This will be followed at 2.15 by a “Carolathon", in aid of the homeless charity, Shelter. The whole of Dickens' s  A Christmas…

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February 2015

Manchester Meeting

Tuesday 3 February, 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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Elizabeth Gaskell’s Life of Charlotte Bronte A talk by Dr Karen Laird Two months after the death of Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell broached the idea of writing her friend's biography in a letter to publisher George Smith: “Sometime, it may be years hence—but if I live long enough, and no one is living whom such a publication would hurt, I will publish what I know of her, and make the world (if I am strong enough in expression,) honour the woman…

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March 2015

Manchester Meeting

Tuesday 3 March, 2015, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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Tuesday 3 March 2015 The Fallen Woman Elizabeth Williams explores how the 'fallen woman' in Victorian fiction differs from real-life equivalent in the society of the time. For further information about events held at Cross Street Chapel, visit the website here Members: £3, visitors £4 - visitors always welcome! The chapel opens its doors at 12.00, so if you'd like to bring a sandwich and join us for lunch, you're very welcome to do so.

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February 2016

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

Tuesday 2 February, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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£3 – £4

Anthony Burton: "The contribution of the Gaskell family to the cultural life of Manchester".  Elizabeth Gaskell could be said to have put Manchester on the map, through her novels, as a significant site in imaginative literature.  But her family too were involved in Manchester life.  Her husband William was a central figure in the intellectual affairs of Manchester, involved in many local institutions as well as the Cross Street chapel, where he was minister.  And  her  two daughters, who stayed on…

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March 2016

Manchester Meeting

Tuesday 1 March, 2016, 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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£3 – £4

John Greenwood is going to explore what Elizabeth Gaskell felt about the "new writer " George Eliot. Quite a surprising reaction considering Elizabeth was by that time a well- established writer herself. John is experienced in many branches of education, starting off as a French teacher, continuing as a teacher of English as a foreign language, and also working in Italy and for the British Council. I know you will enjoy listening to him. Doors open at 12.15pm. so that…

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September 2017

A Folded Newspaper: A Monologue in the voice of William Gaskell

Saturday 9 September, 2017, 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

also  9 September and 10 September, 1:30pm &2:30pm Free - Spaces Limited Register here Philip Watts has written A Folded Newspaper, an imagined piece in which William Gaskell writes a letter of thanks to the painter of his portrait to discuss her work and its reflection of him. In this ‘letter’ William’s words and those of his circle are woven in with the the author's own. The piece is often performed informally in William’s Study at Gaskell House on Sunday afternoons. The…

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October 2017

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

Tuesday 3 October, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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The Gaskell Society is pleased to announce the first talk in the Autumn/Winter series of Lunchtime Talks at Cross Street Chapel. “Great Pan is Dead” On the life and death of Branwell Brontë. Gaskell might have been ironic in casting Branwell as Pan and his sisters as the Furies, but there is something genuinely tragic, if not heroic, about Branwell’s particular journey. In this talk, Sue Newby, Learning Officer at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, explores the place of Branwell Brontë,…

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April 2018

The Gaskell Society Annual General Meeting

14 April, 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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£15 – £17.50

GASKELL SOCIETY AGM 2018  Saturday, 14th April at Cross Street Chapel, Manchester. 10.00 am: Tea and Coffee 10.30 am: AGM  11.30 am.: The Daphne Carrick Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Lucy Hanks, taking as her title, Whose line is it anyway? William Gaskell’s Revisions on The Life of Charlotte Brontё. Lucy is a PhD student at the University of Manchester, who analyses the markings and revisions on manuscripts. Her talk will explain her interest in Elizabeth Gaskell’s literary relationship…

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May 2018

Gaskell Society: Women in Textiles Study Day:

5 May, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW United Kingdom
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£30

Stop Press-A few places still available   Saturday 5th May 10:30-3:30 at Elizabeth Gaskell's House We are pleased to welcome  Members and Friends to our latest Study Day, to be held at the beautifully restored Elizabeth Gaskell's House. A delicious lunch is included in the fee of £30. The programme for the day is as follows:  10.30             Welcome – Coffee/tea and Introduction to the Day 11.00           Dr Deborah Wynne – Chester University Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cotton Novels This talk will…

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