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September 2017

Gaskell Memorial Service at Brook Street Chapel

Sunday 24 September, 2017, 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Brook Street
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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The Annual Gaskell Service is on Sunday 24th September at 11am Please note that this year the service  is not the day after the Gaskell Society Autumn Meeting, as traditionally it is, but on the Sunday before the Autumn Meeting, which is on Saturday 30th September The theme of the service is  "Elizabeth Gaskell and Motherhood". Prior to the service, at 10.45 am we have the  laying of flowers on the  Gaskell grave and on Joan Leach's grave. Afterwards there is…

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Autumn Meeting

Saturday 30 September, 2017, 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street
Knutsford, WA16 6BY United Kingdom
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Autumn Meeting Booking Form 10.30 am Coffee 11.00 am The Joan Leach Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr. Ingrid Hanson, taking as her title: “ God shall wipe away all the tears from their eyes”: Elizabeth Gaskell, the body and the idea of peace. Ingrid Hanson is a lecturer in English and American Studies and Creative Writing at The University of Manchester .Using extracts from Gaskell’s North and South and Ruth, where reference is made to the eyes of…

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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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A Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Event

Saturday 7 October, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW United Kingdom
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A "Conversation" between  Professor Michael Slater and Anthony Burton on "A Literary  Society and its Museum" The  Dickens Fellowship is 115 years old and the Charles Dickens Museum is  92 years old. Professor Michael Slater has been involved in both since 1967, having served as President of the Fellowship and Chairman of the Museum's Trustees .Anthony has persuaded Michael to make the journey north  to come to Elizabeth Gaskell's House, as did Dickens himself,so many years ago!. There Michael  will…

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Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 25 October, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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The Gaskell Society is delighted to welcome the return Dr Diane Duffy, who, in the last session, led the discussions such interesting and informative  way. In this session we will be studying North and South and Diane will explore the two main thematic/generic strands of the novel: industrial relatons and romance. She writes: I will begin with the romance genre which traditionally is part of the acculturation process-making men and women fit into the desired/expected social role  models.Many women writers subvert this…

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November 2017

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

Tuesday 7 November, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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£3 – £4

Margo Singer. The Paisley Shawl – Keeping Warm in the Nineteenth Century. Details to follow   Doors open at 12.15 pm. so that anyone who wishes can bring a  packed lunch or purchase it at one of the nearby sandwich shops. The chapel provides tea and coffee for a small donation  All our welcome.  Fee: £3 members, £4 non-members    

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London and S.E. Gaskell Society Meeting

Saturday 11 November, 2017, 12:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace
London, SW1W 8JF United Kingdom
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£5

Elizabeth Gaskell Illustrated’    Emma Marigliano  Emma Marigliano is the Chief Librarian at the Portico Library in Manchester, a place frequented by both William who was president for many years and Elizabeth although her access was rather confined to the reading of current periodicals.  Emma will speak about the ways in which Gaskell’s novels have been illustrated over the years. You may remember that we had a speaker about this topic over 10 years ago so it seems timely to renew…

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Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 29 November, 2017, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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Dr Diane Duffy will continues to explore the theme of romance in North and South Diane writes: In the second session I want us to explore the available social roles for men-father, son, husband and brother. In the second part of this session, I want us to consider how Gaskell manages to make links between  the romance genre and the industrial/ social novel. Prior to the discussion there will be the usual delicious buffet lunch served at 12.30 pm. The…

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December 2017

Christmas Celebration Meeting at the Portico Library

Tuesday 5 December, 2017, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3FF
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£10 – £11

Our special Christmas Meeting will once again take place at the beautiful Portico Library.  We are pleased to tell you that this year our buffet will be  provided by our Knutsford caterers. It will be a seasonal finger buffet and there will be a pay-bar, with hot drinks also available .  This will be followed by                      Daughters of Manchester a talk by Jean Briggs. Jean  will give an entertaining &…

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January 2018

The Gaskell Society New Year Lunch

10 January, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cottons Hotel and Spa, Manchester Road
Knutsford, WA16 0SU United Kingdom
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£24

The  New Year Lunch will again be held in the Verandah Suite at The Cottons Hotel, Knutsford on Wednesday 10th January 2018 at  12:00 for 12:30pm. The cost is £24 which covers not only the 3 course lunch, and coffee, but also the entertainment afterwards. Please make your choices from the following menu Appetisers:            Galia Melon filled with passion fruit sorbet and seasonal berries            Potted Chicken Liver Pate rustic toast &…

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Knutsford Meeting

31 January, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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At this meeting Dr Diane Duffy  wants us to examine Gaskell’s presentation of the industrial relations in North and South Prior to the discussion there will be the usual delicious buffet lunch served at 12.30 pm. The discussion will begin at 2pm. and finish at 3pm. Doors open at 12.00 pm.. Charges: Members: £9 incl lunch  Discussion only: £3 Non-members: £10 incl lunch.   Discussion only: £4  All are welcome There will also be a chance to visit the Gaskell Exhibition…

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February 2018

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

6 February, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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£3 – £4

Following our successful Discussion Meeting last year we have decided to repeat it this year, with a discussion focussed on Lois the Witch, led by Sherry Ashworth. Sherry is a writer and Visiting Teaching Fellow at  Manchester Metropolitan University. She has previously led a reading group at Elizabeth Gaskell's House and will make a welcome return to lead further sessions in the New Year, beginning on 24th January 2018. Further details may be found on the Elizabeth Gaskell's House website elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk Lois…

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London and S.E. Gaskell Society Meeting

10 February, 12:45 pm - 4:30 pm
£5

Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney on Literary Friendships Emily and Emma have recently published a lovely book about female literary friendships. Although in their Bronte chapter they focused on Charlotte Bronte’s friendship with Mary Taylor they were sorely tempted to write about the Gaskell Bronte friendship. In a Q & A session (chaired by me!)  they will reveal their collaboration, their writing process and answer questions about the close friendship between Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte. Their book, which…

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Knutsford Meeting

28 February, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances,the discussion on the TV version of North and South has been postponed until the next Knutsford  Meeting on 28th March. Instead, at this meeting, we will once again welcome Dr Diane Duffy who will lead a discussion on "Contemporary Reactions to the Publication of North and South" This is sure to be an interesting discussion, Diane kindly supplies notes to help. Everyone is welcome and if you would like to be sent a…

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March 2018

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

6 March, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
£3 – £4

Annie Swynnerton: a talk by Rebecca Milner The first retrospective exhibition of Annie Swynnerton's work for many years has recently opened at Manchester City Art Gallery: Rebecca Milner is the Curator for Fine Art who has put the exhibition together. will talk about Annie Swynnerton The artist Annie Swynnerton was born in 1844 in Hulme: she trained at the Manchester School of Art and went on to study abroad in Rome and Paris. In 1879, she founded the Manchester Society…

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Knutsford Meeting

28 March, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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Postponed from last month A change,this month: we leave the printed copy of novel behind and look at the BBC adaptation of North and South .  Libby Tempest will lead a discussion on  what we think of the adaptation, how it came to be made, issues that arose, and how close to the novel it is. We look at the  various changes that were made, and what we think of the main characters and actors. We may have a look at…

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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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Knutsford Meeting

25 April, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Brook Street
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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At April's meeting, our final meeting of this session, Dr Diane Duffy will focus on a  consideration of some modern criticism of North and South. We  will be looking at how the critical position towards ECG has changed. She will recirculate the 19th century quotations  sent out last month for those who missed the meeting." I would also like people to think about what they consider to be the most significant aspect/s of ECG's novel." Prior to the discussion there will…

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May 2018

Visit to Shibden Hall: A Joint Gaskell Society & Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Event

2 May - 3 May
Shibden Hall, Listers Road,
Halifax, HX3 6XG
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£15

            Wednesday 2nd May :Visit to Shibden Hall Our Spring study tour this year is to the beautiful and historic Shibden Hall.   Set in the picturesque Shibden valley, a mile from Halifax, Shibden Hall dates back to 1420 and offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked here, including the noted diarist Anne Lister (1791 - 1840). Shibden Hall’s architecture is a mix of styles reflecting its interesting and…

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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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London and S.E. Gaskell Society Meeting

12 May, 1:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace
London, SW1W 8JF United Kingdom
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£5

 Please note, this will be Fran Twinn's last meeting as organiser for the London and South East  branch. The Society would like to thank Fran for all her hard work in organising the meetings for so many years and also for providing such delicious buffets. Fran writes It would be lovely to see as many members and their guests as possible at the next meeting of the London branch. The speaker is coming specially from Greece so it would be…

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The Alliance of Literary Societies AGM Weekend, Birmingham

18 May - 21 May
Ibis Birmingham New Street, 21 Ladywell Walk
Birmingham, B5 4ST United Kingdom
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The Gaskell Society is a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies (ALS), so our members are most welcome to attend the Alliance's AGM in Birmingham Friday, 18 May   7 pm There are lots of places to eat in Birmingham, but if you would like to join us for a Chinese buffet experience (within easy walking distance of the Ibis New Street Hotel), please indicate on the booking form – so that we can book a table.    …

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September 2018

The Whitfield Collection Talk

15 September, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

The archivist from Cheshire Record Office will give a talk about how Mrs. Gaskell's biography of her friend Charlotte Bronte came about, supported by artefacts from the Stanton Whitfield Collection of Gaskell books, which are normally housed at Knutsford Library. The books will be on display in Brook Street Chapel until mid September. This event is part of the Knutsford heritage open days.  Entry to the talk is free.

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Autumn Meeting

29 September, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street
Knutsford, WA16 6BY United Kingdom
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£16.50 – £18.50

Booking Form for Autumn Meeting 10.30 am Coffee 11.00 am The Joan Leach Memorial Lecture  will be given by Marie Moxon, taking as her title: The Sounding Cataract and the Tall Rock: From William Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’ to Elizabeth Gaskell’s Ruth. Writing to her sister-in-law Lizzie in 1836, Elizabeth Gaskell is enthusiastic about the Lakeland poet. Sitting ‘in a shady corner of a field gay with bright spring flowers’, and with ‘the air so full of sweet sounds’ the surroundings provide…

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October 2018

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

2 October, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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£5 – £6

We are delighted to begin our new season with a very topical talk: Early photography in Manchester: introducing a hitherto unknown portrait of William Gaskell Gilly Read, vice-chair of the Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group  Gilly Read first briefly describes the appearance and expansion of photography in the 19th century, before describing how it developed in Manchester.  She has identified more than 750 Victorian photographers in Manchester: traces of some of their studios survive.  Finally, Gilly surveys the Gaskells' (rather…

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