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May 2021

A Love Affair with Cranford

Wednesday 19 May, 2021 - Saturday 30 April, 2022
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW United Kingdom

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…

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June 2021

Between the Covers – Literary Liaisons

30 June, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom, online only, by invitation United Kingdom
£5.00

Elizabeth Gaskell's House is delighted to announce a new short film by the comedy duo, LipService Theatre. Filmed at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, especially for your viewing pleasure, ‘Britain’s favourite literary lunatics’ bring you Mrs Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, John Ruskin and a host of Victorian glitterati. The film will be followed by Mrs Gaskell’s Book Club sketch and a live interactive Q&A session for a ‘welcome dose of daft’ – all online. What are you waiting for? Book Now!…

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July 2021

Houses and Homes in Literature: From Shakespeare to the Present Day

7 July, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom, online only, by invitation United Kingdom
£4

This entertaining online talk with readings begins with the Gaskells’ acquisition of their house in Plymouth Grove and its reflection in North and South. Writer and guide Philip Watts explores the significance of writers’ domestic places and spaces by stitching together a patchwork quilt of literary extracts from Shakespeare to the present day.  

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Online talk – Brontë’s Mistress: the story must be told

14 July, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom, online only, by invitation United Kingdom
£4

Author Finola Austin brings her meticulously researched and deliciously told novel, Brontë’s Mistress, with its captivating reimagining of the affair between Branwell Brontë (brother of the famous Brontë sisters) and Lydia Robinson, his employer’s wife. Elizabeth Gaskell wrote of the scandalous affair in her groundbreaking biography, The Life of Charlotte Brontë, and it has divided Brontë enthusiasts for generations. Discover how Austin used specific details from The Life in her novel and consider how writers sometimes blur the line between biography and fiction. Part of a…

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The Life of Charlotte Brontë – an introduction

28 July, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom, online only, by invitation United Kingdom
£3 – £4

We're thrilled that Elizabeth Gaskell's House has joined forces with the Brontë Parsonage Museum to deliver a series of three events that explore the relationship between the the two friends. Gaskell's biography, The Life of Charlotte Brontë, told the story of a ‘wild, sad life and the beautiful character that grew out of it’ but was not without controversy when it was first published in 1857. The first biography to be written both by and about a woman writer, it remains…

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August 2021

Romance and Reality: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Debt to Sir Walter Scott

4 August, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom, online only, by invitation United Kingdom
£4.00

An online talk by the Gaskell Society's Dr Diane Duffy. It is hard to imagine the hard-hitting industrial novels written by Elizabeth Gaskell having much in common with the romances of the Middle Ages and early modern England popularised by Walter Scott in the early 19th century. Yet Scott began the transformation of fiction by introducing the public world of political conflict into the private world of individuals. His influence did not end there. Scott’s impact ranged from publication styles…

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Online Tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House – August 2021

7 August, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Zoom, online only, by invitation United Kingdom
£10.00

Using 360-degree photography, the House's expert guides will bring Manchester’s literary heritage to life via an online tour of 84 Plymouth Grove. From the Morning Room and Study, to the Drawing and Dining Rooms, you’ll learn about Elizabeth’s family life; how William, her husband, supported her and how her life in Manchester influenced the books she wrote and made her famous throughout the world. Find out about the people who visited the House, including the notoriously shy Charlotte Bronte, and…

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Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell – a Friendship

11 August, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom, online only, by invitation United Kingdom
£3 – £4

We're thrilled that Elizabeth Gaskell's House has joined forces with the Brontë Parsonage Museum to deliver a series of three events that explore the relationship between the the two friends. This introductory talk explores the relationship between these two giants of 19th century literature. Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell were opposites in many ways, yet they were profoundly interested in each other’s work and lives: their first meeting in the Lake District in 1850 led to a real friendship. Libby will…

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‘This Unlucky Book’ – an online discussion

25 August, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom, online only, by invitation United Kingdom
£6 – £8

We're thrilled that Elizabeth Gaskell's House has joined forces with the Brontë Parsonage Museum to deliver a series of three events that explore the relationship between the the two friends. Fact, Fiction and Mythmaking in Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Life of Charlotte Brontë - a panel discussion with Libby Tempest, Dr Lucy Hanks and Ann Dinsdale The finale of a short season of events exploring Elizabeth Gaskell’s ground-breaking biography of her friend and fellow writer Charlotte Brontë. ‘The Life‘ was (and…

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September 2021

Online Talk – Victorian Children’s Literature: an introduction

8 September, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom, online only, by invitation United Kingdom
£4

Victorian’s Children’s literature gave us many of the classics we all know and love from A Secret Garden to Alice in Wonderland. But what themes from Elizabeth Gaskell’s writing are also present in the children’s literature of the age? And as a mother to four daughters, what types of books might Elizabeth have read to her own children? Join Professor Kim Reynolds of Newcastle University to find out more.

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The Gaskell Memorial Service 2021

19 September, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY

Every year, on a Sunday close to what would have been Elizabeth Gaskell's birthday, we lay flowers on her grave at Brook Street Chapel in Knutsford. We also lay flowers on the nearby grave of the Gaskell Society's founder, the much-missed Joan Leach. We then go into the chapel for a special service. You are most welcome to join us. 10.45 am  Laying flowers on the graves 11.00 am. Gaskell service

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Autumn Meeting 2021

25 September, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street
Knutsford, WA16 6BY United Kingdom
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£10 – £12

Save the date! Details of our programme, which will include the Joan Leach Memorial Lecture, will be available soon. Members and non-members are most welcome. Members:  £10  Non-members: £12

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October 2021

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel – October 2021

5 October, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
£5 – £6

After a long absence, we're very much hoping to be able to meet in person again at Cross Street Chapel in central Manchester.  Details of our speaker and theme will be confirmed in the coming months, but in the meantime, dear Gaskellites (both members and non-members) - save the date! Doors open at 1pm - the chapel will be selling tea and coffee and you are most welcome to bring a packed lunch! The talk begins at 1.30pm. Members: £5 …

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Online Talk – Beyond Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frances E.W. Harper and Harriet Jacobs

13 October, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom, online only, by invitation United Kingdom
£4

Join the team at Elizabeth Gaskell's House to celebrate Black History Month with the incredible duo that is Bonnets at Dawn. They’ll be stepping across the Pond to talk about American Abolitionist writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and her relationship with African-American authors Frances E.W. Harper and Harriet Jacobs. After the success of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in 1853 Harriet Beecher Stowe met Elizabeth Gaskell and in 1857 she stayed at her house on Plymouth Grove. Harper was among the…

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Knutsford Meeting – October 2021

26 October, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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£5 – £6

Our monthly meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, between October and April (except December). Bring your own packed lunch from 1pm and then enjoy a friendly and informal talk and discussion, led by Dr Diane Duffy, 2-3pm. Details to follow - save the date! Everyone is most welcome. £5 members, £6 non-members  

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November 2021

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel – November 2021

2 November, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
£5 – £6

After a long absence, we're very much hoping to be able to meet in person again at Cross Street Chapel in central Manchester.  Details of our speaker and theme will be confirmed in the coming months, but in the meantime, dear Gaskellites (both members and non-members) - save the date! Doors open at 1pm - tea/coffee available to purchase, and you are most welcome to bring a packed lunch! The talk begins at 1.30pm. Members : £5     Non members:…

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman – Mary Wollstonecraft’s Influence on the Writings of Elizabeth Gaskell

17 November, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom, online only, by invitation United Kingdom
£4

Back by popular demand! This sell-out talk by Dr Diane Duffy explores the life and work of Mary Wollstonecraft, a pioneer of feminist thought in the UK, and her influence on Elizabeth Gaskell’s writing. Wollstonecraft is firmly back in public consciousness, due to the head-turning new statue in her honour, by artist Maggi Hambling. Join us for this fascinating online talk, recently reviewed as ‘fascinating, engaging, entertaining and informative’, ‘great talk with really interesting links and parallels’ and ‘very informative,…

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Knutsford Meeting – November 2021

30 November, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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£5 – £6

Our monthly meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, between October and April (except December). Bring your own packed lunch from 1pm and then enjoy a friendly and informal talk and discussion, led by Dr Diane Duffy, 2-3pm. Details to follow - save the date! Everyone is most welcome. £5 members, £6 non-members  

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December 2021

Online Talk – Christmas Customs

8 December, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom, online only, by invitation United Kingdom
£4

Bringing some festive cheer from Elizabeth Gaskell’s House to your home! Sit back with a mince pie and enjoy the Gaskell Society's Anthony Burton’s talk about seasonal customs from Christmases past. The Victorians rediscovered many traditional customs, from wassail bowls and yule logs to mummers and boar’s heads. Anthony explores this ‘re-invention of Christmas’ and considers to what extent the Gaskells were caught up in it.

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January 2022

Knutsford Meeting – January 2022

Tuesday 25 January, 2022, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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£5 – £6

Our monthly meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, between October and April (except December). Bring your own packed lunch from 1pm and then enjoy a friendly and informal talk and discussion, led by Dr Diane Duffy, 2-3pm. Details to follow - save the date! Everyone is most welcome. £5 members, £6 non-members  

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February 2022

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel – February 2022

Tuesday 1 February, 2022, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
£5 – £6

After a long absence, we're very much hoping to be able to meet in person again at Cross Street Chapel in central Manchester.  Details of our speaker and theme will be confirmed in the coming months, but in the meantime, dear Gaskellites (both members and non-members) - save the date! Doors open at 1pm - the chapel will be selling tea and coffee and you are most welcome to bring a packed lunch! The talk begins at 1.30pm. Members: £5 …

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Knutsford Meeting – February 2022

Tuesday 22 February, 2022, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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£5 – £6

Our monthly meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, between October and April (except December). Bring your own packed lunch from 1pm and then enjoy a friendly and informal talk and discussion, led by Dr Diane Duffy, 2-3pm. Details to follow - save the date! Everyone is most welcome. £5 members, £6 non-members  

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March 2022

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel – March 2022

Tuesday 1 March, 2022, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
£5 – £6

After a long absence, we're very much hoping to be able to meet in person again at Cross Street Chapel in central Manchester.  Details of our speaker and theme will be confirmed in the coming months, but in the meantime, dear Gaskellites (both members and non-members) - save the date! Doors open at 1pm - the chapel will be selling tea and coffee and you are most welcome to bring a packed lunch! The talk begins at 1.30pm. Members: £5 …

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Knutsford Meeting – March 2022

Tuesday 29 March, 2022, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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£5 – £6

Our monthly meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, between October and April (except December). Bring your own packed lunch from 1pm and then enjoy a friendly and informal talk and discussion, led by Dr Diane Duffy, 2-3pm. Details to follow - save the date! Everyone is most welcome. £5 members, £6 non-members  

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April 2022

The Gaskell Society Annual General Meeting 2022

Saturday 9 April, 2022, 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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£15 – £17.50

Our Annual General Meeting takes place at Cross Street Chapel in April 2022. All Gaskell Society members are welcome for the morning session /AGM. Non-members can join us for the talk, details of which will be confirmed a little nearer the time. Save the date! 10.00 am: Tea and Coffee 10.30 am: Annual General Meeting 11.30 am: coffee 12noon: speaker to be confirmed.

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