The Gaskell Society has an international membership, with formal branches in the UK and overseas.

North West England

The NW branch generally meets at:

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 4WG
The Chapel is in the heart of the city centre, easily accessible by public transport. William Gaskell was the Chapel’s minister for over 50 years (though the building he knew was destroyed by bombing in World War II).

Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam’s Hill, Knutsford WA16 8DY
The Chapel is very close to Knutsford Station. Elizabeth Gaskell is buried in the graveyard, which also has a memorial to the late Joan Leach, one of the Society’s founders.

Contact: Pam Griffiths

London and the South East

The London & SE branch usually meets at:

Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace, London SW1W 8JF
The school is in the Chelsea district of central London, close to the King’s Road and Saatchi Gallery. The nearest Tube station is Sloane Square.  

Contact: Jenny Keaveney

Gaskell Society South West

The South-West England branch usually meets at:

Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (BRLSI), 16 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Founded in 1824, the BRLSI exists for the promotion and advancement of science, literature and art. Its premises were once the home of Dr William Oliver, inventor of the Bath Oliver biscuit.

Contact: Kate Crawford


The Gaskell Society of Japan

The Gaskell Society of Japan is a lively forum for Gaskell Studies, meeting regularly in universities, mainly in Tokyo. Its president is Mitsuko Suzuki, Professor Emeritus of Tohoku University.


For details of forthcoming UK meetings, see our events page.