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April 2014

South-West Meeting

Saturday 12 April, 2014, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

'Such a Life…’ Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte Dr Patsy Stoneman will speak to us on a  most appropriate theme, as we will have had our discussion groups on the Biography.  The lecture will be held as always at the BRLSI, Queens Square, Bath, and there will be a charge of £2 for members and £4 for non-members.  Coffee and tea will be available after the lecture.

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September 2014

South-West Meeting

Sunday 7 September, 2014, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Summer Lunch Party We will hold our Summer Lunch Party at the home of Boyd and Elizabeth Schlenther, 14 Vellore Lane, Bath, and as usual it will be a Bring and Share event. Any queries to Elizabeth.

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October 2014

Manchester Meeting

Tuesday 7 October, 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 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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South-West Meeting

Saturday 15 November, 2014, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (BRLSI), 16 Queens Square
Bath, BA1 2HN United Kingdom
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Fanny Trollope It will be our pleasure to welcome back to Bath Elizabeth Williams, Vice Chairwoman of the national Gaskell Society, to talk to us about Fanny Trollope, another interesting Victorian author. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there. The cost will be £2 for members of the Gaskell Society and the BRLSI and £4 for all others.  Coffee and tea will be available after the lecture.

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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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January 2015

Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 28 January, 2015, 12:15 pm - 3:00 pm

We will finish our discussion on A Dark Night's Work and begin The Moorland Cottage. Visitors welcome Cost including lunch (from 12.15) - £9 members, £10 visitors. Without lunch (from c. 1.30) - £3 members, £4 visitors

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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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London & SE Meeting

Saturday 7 February, 2015, 12:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace
London, SW1W 8JF United Kingdom
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The other side of Manchester Dr. Ann Brooks and Bryan Haworth will put Manchester in a social context. Their research has focused on Manchester so they are knowledgeable about the city in Gaskell’s time. Sandwich lunch available from 12.45. Tea and cake after the meeting.

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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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Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 25 March, 2015, 12:15 pm - 3:00 pm

We conclude our discussion on The Moorland Cottage Visitors welcome Cost including lunch (from 12.15) - £9 members, £10 visitors. Without lunch (from c. 1.30) - £3 members, £4 visitors

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April 2015

Gaskell Society AGM

Saturday 18 April, 2015, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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10.00 am-10.30 am: Tea and Coffee 10.45 am: AGM 12.00 noon: The Daphne Carrick Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr Rebecca Styler, Editor of the Gaskell Journal, taking as her title, Elizabeth Gaskell's Maternal Theology. Setting Elizabeth Gaskell in the context of contemporary debates on the re-gendering of God, this talk considers the theological implications of her literary works, through which she imagined the divine in terms of motherhood. Works discussed include Cranford, Lizzie Leigh and Ruth. 1.00 pm (approx): Lunch 2.30 pm: Frank Galvin,…

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Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 29 April, 2015, 12:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Wednesday 29 April, 2015 We will discuss Libbie Marsh's Three Eras Visitors welcome Cost including buffet lunch (from 12.15) - £9 members, £10 visitors. Without lunch (from c. 1.30) - £3 members, £4 visitors

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May 2015

London & SE Meeting

Saturday 9 May, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace
London, SW1W 8JF United Kingdom
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The letters of Mrs Gaskell’s daughters 1856 -1914 Dr Irene Wiltshire These letters have been compiled and edited by Irene and were published this year by Humanities – Ebooks. She will talk to us about her work and the letters. Sandwich lunch available from 12.45. Tea and cake after the meeting.  

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July 2015

Gaskell Society Conference

Friday 17 July, 2015 - Monday 20 July, 2015
Cober Hill Hotel & Conference Centre, Cloughton
Scarborough, YO13 0AR United Kingdom
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The conference this year will be held at Cober Hill Hotel and Conference Centre, Cloughton, Scarborough. YO13 0AR   www.coberhill.co.uk The title of our conference is Coming to a Conclusion.  We'll be looking at the later years of Elizabeth Gaskell’s life in this, the 150th anniversary year of her death. We will be visiting Whitby, the setting for Sylvia’s Lovers and Scarborough, where Anne Bronte is buried. The Programme Friday 5.30p.m. Emeritus Professor Angus Easson, University of Salford will introduce the Conference by giving us a…

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September 2015

Knutsford Autumn Meeting

Saturday 26 September, 2015, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street
Knutsford, WA16 6BY United Kingdom
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10.30 Registration and Tea/Coffee and Biscuits 11.00 The Joan Leach Memorial Lecture Dr. Shirley Foster: American Visitors to the North The experiences in Manchester and its environs of Gaskell's  American Friends Elizabeth Gaskell had many American friends and acquaintances, among the most notable being Charles Eliot Norton and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Some – including the aforementioned – visited her in Manchester and recorded their visits in letters, autobiographies or travel writings. Equally interesting are the responses of these Americans to the industrial…

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November 2015

Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 25 November, 2015, 12:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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The Knutsford Meetings take place on the last Wednesday of the month from October to April, excluding December This session we are discussing Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell’s last novel, and arguably her best. She died before she had completed it, and the last few pages were written by Fredrick Greenwood, editor of the Cornhill Magazine. Elizabeth Williams will lead the discussions and you can decide for yourselves whether indeed this is Gaskell’s best novel. Prior to the discussion there will be the usual delicious…

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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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May 2018

Gaskell Society: Women in Textiles Study Day:

5 May, 10:00 am - 3:30 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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