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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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June 2015

Placing the Author Conference

Saturday 20 June, 2015, 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW United Kingdom
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£35 - £45

Literary Tourism in the Long Nineteenth Century The nineteenth century witnessed a surge of enthusiasm for visiting places associated with authors and their works, and a related interest in the preservation and consecration of authors’ houses. In 1847 one of the world’s most famous sites of literary tourism, the birthplace of William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon, was purchased and established by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, while the first blue plaque was introduced in 1867 to mark the birthplace of Lord Byron.…

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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

South West Group Visit to Manchester

Monday 14 September, 2015 - Tuesday 15 September, 2015
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW United Kingdom
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14th and 15th September: Manchester Trip to Elizabeth Gaskell's House and the Portico Library The South-West Group will be making a ‘pilgrimage’ to Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Plymouth Grove, on Monday afternoon, the 14th of September.  We will be going by train from Bath that morning and will stay overnight so that we can visit the Portico Library the following morning.  Arrangements have been circulated to all members and any further information can be had from Elizabeth Schlenther. 14 Vellore Lane,…

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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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October 2015

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

Tuesday 6 October, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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£3 - £4

Professor Michael Rose: "Across the class divide"  Philanthropy and the Gaskells in 19th C Manchester Mike is Emeritus Professor, Modern History, University of Manchester. This the first in the new session of our regular talks on topics related to Elizabeth Gaskell. Mike  reveals  extent of the Gaskell family's  19th century involvement in charitable work during the times of great distress among the poor in Manchester. Doors open at 12.15 pm. so that anyone who wishes can bring a  packed lunch or purchase it…

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South West Meeting and Tea Party at BRLSI, Bath

Saturday 17 October, 2015, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (BRLSI), 16 Queens Square
Bath, BA1 2HN United Kingdom
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Saturday, 17th October, 2.30 pm at the BRLSI, Queens Square, Bath. This promises to be a special meeting in several ways.  Gillian Ballinger from the University of the West of England, Bristol, will be speaking to us on: Novel to Television – adopting Wives and Daughters.  She promises some clips from the TV series as part of her talk. Afterwards we will have a tea in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Elizabeth Gaskell’s death in 1865.  We hope as…

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M.L.F. Nick Channer: “Writers’ Houses”

Monday 19 October, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW United Kingdom
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Writers' Houses :  A talk by author Nick Channer at Elizabeth Gaskell's House Manchester Literature Festival in association with Elizabeth Gaskell's House     http://www.google-analytics.com/ga.js/template-files/63/_js/jquery-1.7.2.min.js/template-files/63/_js/jquery.masonry-2.1.08.min.js/template-files/63/_js/fancybox/jquery.fancybox-1.3.4.pack.js/template-files/63/_js/scripts.js?v=0.6 /template-files/63/_js/html5shiv.js // Readers have always been fascinated by their favourite authors’ daily routines – proof that they are people like us, with lives of their own off the page. In his insightful new book, Writers’ Houses, Nick Channer takes us inside homes with strong literary connections, exploring the links between place and the act of…

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Manchester Literary Festival: Wives and Daughters

Tuesday 20 October, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
£8 - £10

A Celebration of Elizabeth Gaskell with Andrew Davies at the Portico Library When Elizabeth Gaskell died in 1865, she was at work on Wives and Daughters, the novel many consider her finest. To mark the 150th anniversary of her death and the subsequent publication of her final novel, we are delighted to welcome one of the UK’s most successful screenwriters, Andrew Davies, whose superb BBC adaptation of Wives and Daughters remains a favourite with the public. We also welcome the Garrick Players…

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Knutsford Meetings

Wednesday 28 October, 2015, 12:30 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, beginning on 28th  October 2015. 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…

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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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