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February 2016
£3 - £4

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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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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Knutsford Meeting at Brook Street Chapel

Wednesday 24 February, 2016, 12:30 am - 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
£3 - £4

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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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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£4

Treasures: The Literature and Landscape of Mary Webb’s Shropshire

Monday 7 March, 2016, 10:00 am - Sunday 5 June, 2016, 4:30 pm
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, The Square
Shrewsbury, SY1 1 LH
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An exhibition exploring the life and work of writer Mary Webb through the landscape of Shropshire with photographs from Gordon Dickens. Shrewsbury is a lovely town with its many black and white buildings and its associations with Charles Darwin, who was born and educated there.  It is well worth a visit. Entrance to the gallery is Adults: £4  Seniors: £3.50   Student: £3.60     Children: £2  

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Knutsford Meeting at Brook Street Chapel

Wednesday 30 March, 2016, 12:00 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 Frederick Greenwood, editor of the Cornhill Magazine. This month we are fortunate to welcome Professor Angus Easson,  Emeritus Professor at Salford University and editor of Wives and Daughters, who will give us an insight into this ,…

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April 2016

The Gaskell Society AGM

Saturday 2 April, 2016, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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The Gaskell Society  Annual General Meeting 2016 10am Tea/coffee 10.30 am  AGM 11.30 am  The Daphne Carrick Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Helen MacEwan, Helen  is translator and former teacher, she has lived in Brussels since 2004. She is the author of  The Brontës in Brussels' (2014),'Down the Belliard Steps: Discovering the Brontës in Brussels' (2012). Her most recent book, 'Winifred Gérin: Biographer of the Brontës' (2015), tells the hitherto unknown life story of the Brontë biographer Winifred Gérin…

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£8

A “Friends of Plymouth Grove” Event (Elizabeth Gaskell’s House)

Saturday 9 April, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW United Kingdom
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                     The Life Story of a Victorian Silk Dress: A Talk by Margo Singer followed by a CREAM TEA  At Elizabeth Gaskell's House on Saturday 9th April  2-4pm Margo  will describe the social context of dress during the Victorian period looking at  textiles and dress plus accessories such as bonnets and lace, which were worn by both middle class and working class women.  We will hear quotations from Elizabeth Gaskell's letters and novels,…

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Knutsford Meeting at Brook Street Chapel

Wednesday 27 April, 2016, 12:00 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 is the last meeting of this session and  Elizabeth Williams will conclude our discussion of  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 Frederick Greenwood, editor of the Cornhill Magazine. We look forward to seeing you all  at this meeting when we will consider which book…

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September 2016
£15

Concert: Love, Loss and Longing

Saturday 17 September, 2016, 7:00 pm
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW
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Tickets, buy online from Elizabeth Gaskell's House or by phone via Quay Tickets 0843 208 0500 Doors open 6.15 for refreshments, Programme starts 7pm   As part of our Brontë200 season, join us for a programme exploring love, loss and longing in the life and work of Charlotte and Emily Brontë, through music and the spoken word.   The centrepiece of the concert will be the world premiere of Robin Walker’s Letter to Brussels, a setting of Charlotte Brontë’s passionate…

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£15 - £17.50

Gaskell Society Autumn Meeting

Saturday 24 September, 2016, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street
Knutsford, WA16 6BY United Kingdom
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 Booking Form 10.30 am Tea/Coffee 11.00 am  The Joan Leach Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Julie-Marie Strange Julie-Marie is Professor of History at the University of Manchester. Her research interests are wide ranging, including Victorian cultures of death and bereavement in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Her talk will focus on the way the middle classes dealt with death, especially in Gaskell’s time and how we can relate it to what we know about  happened in the…

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October 2016
£25

Study Day at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House: The Life of Charlotte Bronte

Saturday 1 October, 2016, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW United Kingdom
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 This  event is part of the Charlotte Bronte 200 celebrations and is delivered by The Gaskell Society in partnership with Elizabeth Gaskell's House The study day, will explore Elizabeth Gaskell’s ground-breaking and controversial biography of her friend, Charlotte Bronte. Programme; 10.30 Coffee 11.00 Dr Karen Laird will talk on “Life and Letters: Gaskell’s Twist on the Victorian Biography Tradition.” 11.45 Professor Angus Easson, editor of the Life, will talk on ‘“I tried so hard to tell the truth”: Elizabeth Gaskell…

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£3 - £4

Gaskell Society Meeting at Cross Street Chapel Manchester: A talk by Philip Morey on German Visitors to Gaskell’s Manchester:

Tuesday 4 October, 2016, 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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Philip Morey's talk will be "an appraisal of the wide range of foreigners' responses to Manchester, a subject that tends to be dominated by the views of Engels"  Most foreign visitors' accounts of Manchester in the first half of the nineteenth century were written by German speakers.  My intention is to offer an analysis of some two dozen reports published by German and Swiss visitors between 1800 and 1860, with particular emphasis on the period 1830-1860.  It would consider the aims and objectives of…

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£12

A Study Tour to Gawthorpe Hall: organised by The Gaskell Society & The Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Wednesday 12 October, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Gawthorpe Hall,

This study tour to the former home of Sir James and Lady Kay-Shuttleworth will feature a visit to special exhibition entitled  "Literary Lions", which in this bicentenary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth, explores her visits to Gawthorpe  Hall, her friendship with the Kay-Shuttleworths and how she came, through them, to meet Elizabeth Gaskell. The exhibition contains some original letters and the Bronte Parsonage at Haworth have also loaned items.   Coach pick ups will be Macclesfield , Queen’s Hotel 10am, Knutsford  Bus Station…

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£5 - £7

Manchester Literature Festival.: Helen MacEwan on Winifred Gerin

Sunday 16 October, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW
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Elizabeth Gaskell's House is delighted to host this talk by Helen MacEwan, member of the Gaskell Society and a Friend of Elizabeth Gaskell's House Winifred Gerin  wrote biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell and of the  Brontë siblings. Gerin had a fascinating life-story of her own, uncovered now for the first time by Helen MacEwan, in this original and revealing biography of the biographer. "Using much previously unknown and unpublished material, Helen MacEwan has put together a portrait of one woman and her…

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Knutsford Meeting at Brook Street Chapel

Wednesday 26 October, 2016, 12:00 am - 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 Starting in October Elizabeth Williams will lead a discussion on Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte. Prior to the discussion there will be the usual delicious buffet lunch served at 12.15 pm.  Please bring your own plates, mugs and cutlery. The discussion will begin at about 1.30pm. and finish at 3pm. Doors open at 12 noon Please note the meetings now take place…

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November 2016
£3 - £4

Cross Street Meeting-A Discussion on “Libbie Marsh’s Three Eras”

Tuesday 1 November, 2016, 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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+ Just for a change, the meeting today will take a different format  from our usual Cross Street meetings: it will be a discussion on  Libbie Marsh's Three Eras , led by Elizabeth Williams, who so successfully leads discussions at the Knutsford meetings.  It is a short story set in Manchester, and copies will be available at the October 4th meeting, and on the day itself, if you wish to have a reminder of it Doors open at 12:15 so that you…

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London and South East Meeting – Remembrance Absence and Loss: the role of material things in Mary Barton

Saturday 12 November, 2016, 12:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace
London, SW1W 8JF United Kingdom
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The speaker is Amanda Ford who is one of our regular members, a mature student who is tackling a doctorate at Kings College, University of London.   The talk is from the first chapter of her thesis. Meetings begin at 2pm and usually last for about an hour.  The talk will be followed by questions, and then tea will be served.  A sandwich lunch will be available before the meeting from 12.45. The afternoon (including lunch and tea) costs £5. Please…

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Knutsford Meeting at Brook Street Chapel on 30th November

Wednesday 30 November, 2016, 12:00 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 month Dr. Diane Duffy will look at the first edition of Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë and compare it with the third edition, setting side by side all the omissions and additions. We will examine how the changes alter our perception of the influences in and on Charlotte's life. Prior to the discussion there will be the usual delicious buffet lunch served…

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December 2016
£10

Manchester Meeting at the Portico Library

Tuesday 6 December, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Portico Library,

Christmas Meeting at the PORTICO Library 12.00-2.30 pm on Tuesday 6th December (Please note change of time and venue) We will start with a festive buffet, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. After this Lynne Allan will talk on The Gaskells and the Portico Library Lynne writes "We now have access to records of the Gaskells' borrowings from the library. This talk will focus on some of those books and how they may have influenced the lives of the…

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January 2017
£24

Gaskell Society New Year Lunch at Cottons Hotel, Knutsford

Wednesday 11 January, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cottons Hotel, Manchester Road
Knutsford, WA160SU
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The New Year Lunch. 12.00pm for 12.30pm. Three Course Meal Cost £24 (choice of menu). Another party! If you think that when Christmas is over you might feel a little flat, then we have the perfect antidote - the Gaskell Society New Year Lunch Carolyn McCreesh is once again organising the lunch. Afterwards we will be entertained by Jennifer Reid, a performer of 19th Century Industrial Revolution broadside ballads and Lancashire dialect work songs. She has even been known to…

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Knutsford Meeting at Brook Street Chapel

Wednesday 25 January, 12:00 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. Starting in October Diane Duffy will lead a discussion on Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte. Prior to the discussion there will be the usual delicious buffet lunch served at 12.15 pm.  Please bring your own plates, mugs and cutlery. The discussion will begin at about 2pm. and finish at 3pm. Doors open at 12 noon Please note the meetings now take place…

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February 2017
£3 - £4

Manchester Meeting at Cross St Chapel

Tuesday 7 February, 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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Diane Duffy gives a talk about Mrs Ellis Chadwick's Biography of Elizabeth Gaskell, A Biographer's Tale: Haunts, Homes and Stories, the Life and Afterlife of Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell Diane will fill in a bit of background about Gaskell's attitude to biography. Mrs Chadwick's credentials as a biographer; the first edition,1910; Meta's objections to the content; the subsequent changes and the rational behind them; contemporary (with Meta) reviews and use by subsequent biographies      

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£15

Atari String Trio

Wednesday 8 February, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW
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The Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell's House are delighted to welcome back the Atari String Trio for their third concert at the House. The Atari String Trio comprises Catherine Yates on the viola, Gina McCormack on the violin and Nicholas Trygstad on the Cello. The programme will include: Dohnanyi 'Serenade' for String Trio Op.10 20 Francaix String Trio (1933) 15' Short interval Beethoven String Trio in G Op.9 no.1 28 Tickets: £15 Doors open 6.30pm. Concert start 7.30pm. Includes a free…

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£9

Knutsford Meeting at Brook Street Chapel

Wednesday 22 February, 12:00 am - 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. Dr Diane Duffy will lead a discussion on Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte. Prior to the discussion there will be the usual delicious buffet lunch served at 12.15 pm.  Please bring your own plates, mugs and cutlery. The discussion will begin at about 1.45pm. and finish at 3pm. Doors open at 12 noon Please note the meetings now take place at Brook Street…

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March 2017

Manchester Meeting at Cross St Chapel

Tuesday 7 March, 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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Manchester and its Suburbs in the 19th Century A Talk by Alan Kidd. When the Gaskells moved to Plymouth Grove they were following the trend amongst the early Victorian middle classes for living in newly created suburbs just beyond the urban area. A semi-rural idyll separate from but within easy reach of the city was the ideal for the new rich of the industrial era. The families of bankers, manufacturers, merchants and professionals (like the Gaskells) trod the same path…

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