We host a year-round programme of meetings and events – many of which are open to everyone.
'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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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.…Find out more »