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A Love Affair with Cranford

Wednesday 19 May, 2021 - Saturday 30 April, 2022

A perennial Gaskell favourite is celebrated in this brilliant exhibition at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

The much-loved novel has never been out of print, and from its early serialised incarnation in Charles Dicken’s Household Words to the lovely BBC Television series starring Dame Judi Dench, the Cranford stories have been enjoyed by generations across the world. Despite its chocolate-box image, the stories of Cranford challenged the social constraints imposed on women of the Victorian era, whilst stories of cows in pyjamas and cats eating lace collars have kept readers giggling the world over.

This exhibition explores the enduring popularity of Cranford, the portrayal of the ‘Amazons’ who run the town, its worldwide reach from page to stage, and the many translated and illustrated editions that have been published since 1851. The exhibition will include rare editions of the book and one of the costumes worn in the BBC series by Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Patron, Dame Judi Dench.

Read more at the Elizabeth Gaskell’s House website –


Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW United Kingdom
0161 273 2215
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