The Gaskell Society

The Gaskell Society

Celebrating the life and work of Elizabeth Gaskell

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Online Talk: Milton and Manchester- the Backdrop to North and South

Wednesday 21 September, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST


We are thrilled that Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is celebrating North and South during 2022, with a special season of events and talks!

The romance of Elizabeth Gaskell’s famous novel North and South is set against the harsh industrial backdrop of her own city of Manchester, thinly disguised as ‘Milton’ in her writing. Her description of industrial strife between mill owner John Thornton and his workers, and heroine Margaret Hale’s sympathy for the working classes, has led it to be described as a ‘condition of England’ novel. So, what was the real social and industrial backdrop to North and South? Was Thornton’s factory lockout based on real events? And how did Gaskell imagine class conflict could be resolved? Join Dr Michael Sanders from Manchester University to find out more.


Tickets £4

The talk will be approx 45 mins long, with time for a short question session afterwards.


Wednesday 21 September, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST
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