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November 2015

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

Tuesday 3 November, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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Dr Diane Duffy:   Records of Women: Antiquarianism, National Identity and the March of Progress in the Works of Anna Eliza Bray (1790-1883) and Elizabeth Gaskell (1810- 65). Diane based her doctoral thesis on the writings of Anna Eliza Bray. Her talk will look at the similarities of these two contemporary writers noting their similarities and differences. She writes:  "They are an interesting coupling as we have a physical north/south, rural/industrial divide." Doors open at 12.15 pm. so that anyone who…

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Collections Encounter

Friday 6 November, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Collections Encounter of Gaskell Manuscripts held at the John Rylands Library   This event is one of many that the Society is holding to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Elizabeth Gaskell's death. We are pleased to be given the opportunity to view some items from the Library's collection of Gaskell manuscripts, including the Wives and Daughters MS; this will be curated by Fran Baker, Archivist at the Library, and member of The Gaskell Society. Fran will be joined by Laura…

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An Elizabeth Gaskell Tea Party at Knutsford Heritage Centre

Saturday 14 November, 2015, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Knutsford Heritage Centre, 90A King Street
Knutsford, United Kingdom
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A Tea Party to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Gaskell on November 12th 1865 We will be serving tea and cakes at Knutsford Heritage Centre, in the town which Elizabeth knew and loved so well. It is the setting for two of her most famous and best-loved novels, Cranford  and Wives and Daughters as well as featuring in some of her other work. Once again Delia Corrie and Charles Foster will entertain us with readings.  We…

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s Illustrated Works

Wednesday 18 November, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A Talk by Emma Marigliano as part of the programme of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Gaskell on 12th November  1865 Emma, Librarian at The Portico Library in Manchester, will give a talk, accompanied by slides, about the evolution of the illustrated editions of Elizabeth Gaskell’s work to date, some of which will be available to look at on the evening. The mid-nineteenth century is widely acknowledged as being the hey-day of Victorian book illustration. From…

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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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Collections Encounter 2

Thursday 26 November, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This event is the second  Collections Encounter that we are holding in partnership with The John Rylands Library. It is being held as one of many events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Elizabeth Gaskell’s death. We are pleased to be given another opportunity to view some items from the Library’s collection of Gaskell manuscripts, including the Wives and Daughters MS; this will be curated by Fran Baker, Archivist at the Library, and member of The Gaskell Society. Fran will be…

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“Moorland Cottage” at Brook Street Chapel

Thursday 26 November, 2015, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
£5

Performance of a play based on "Moorland Cottage" by Elizabeth Gaskell, adapted by Robin Allan and directed by Noel Cornes.   The play will be in two parts, with a break in between for music from the Victorian Period by Joan and Alan Dean (violin and keyboard).   It will be performed in Brook Street Chapel, in the atmospheric surroundings of this Grade 1 listed building.  It forms part of the events organised to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Elizabeth…

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December 2015

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

Tuesday 1 December, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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£3 - £4

Michala Hulme: "Grim Manchester" Michala's talk collects together the darkest tales from Manchester's history - terrifying true tales of riot, assault, murder and crime, of slums, disease, death and disaster. The talk is filled with amazing historical horrors ranging from the bizarre - such as the night a poisoned cake caused a sickness to sweep through Ancoats - to the horrific, like the tragic time a mysterious body appeared in the infirmary lake. Some of these incidents were solved but…

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January 2016

Knutsford Meeting at Brook Street Chapel

Wednesday 27 January, 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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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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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

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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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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£4

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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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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£8

                     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 Daughter,, 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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July 2017

The Gaskell Society Conference 2017

21 July, 4:00 pm - 24 July, 2:30 pm
Best Western Royal Beach Hotel, St Helen's Parade
Portsmouth, PO4 0RN United Kingdom
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Friday, 21 July 4.00 p.m. Registration Delegates can arrive and occupy their rooms from 2pm. 5.30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction to the conference. Andrew Negus: Portsmouth - Harlots, Dung, Glory and Mrs Gaskell. Andrew Negus is a retired history teacher, now a Blue Badge Guide. His talk will cover the mediaeval origins of Portsmouth, its development by 1805, to becoming the home of the greatest dockyard in the world. He will then create a picture of life in Portsmouth when Mrs Gaskell paid…

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September 2017

The Hidden Life and Legacy of William Gaskell

7 September, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3FF
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£4.71 - £6.82

At this event we celebrate an important figure in the history of The Portico Library and Manchester, Rev William Gaskell. Often overshadowed by his wife, the novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, William made enormous contributions to the city as Unitarian Minister at Cross Street Chapel, Chair of English and History at New Manchester College and an ardent charity worker who was spurred by the dire poverty he witnessed in Manchester. Gaskell Society member, Marjorie Darlington, will deliver an illuminating lecture on Gaskell,…

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London and S.E. Gaskell Society Meeting

9 September, 12:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace
London, SW1W 8JF United Kingdom
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£5

At the Francis Holland School for Girls, London  SW1 8JF   ‘Gaskell Bronte connections’  Sophie Franklin  Sophie Franklin will speak about her doctoral research and recently published biography of Charlotte Bronte (copies of which she will bring!). She will speak about Gaskell’s The Life of Charlotte Bronte and how her work feeds into the Bronte myth and how violence in Mary Barton resonates with Bronte’s Shirley.  Although a Bronte scholar she will bring a fresh look to Gaskell’s work as it relates…

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

9 September, 2:30 pm - 3:00 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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Gaskell Memorial Service at Brook Street Chapel

24 September, 10:45 am - 12:30 pm
Brook Street Chapel, 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

30 September, 10:30 am - 3:30 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

3 October, 1:00 pm - 2:30 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

7 October, 2:30 pm - 4:30 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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