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International Day of Peace – William Gaskell and Crimea


Join Elizabeth Gaskell's House for an online talk in honour of International Day of Peace with this timely talk on William Gaskell’s sermon about peace, following the Crimean War. Dr Ingrid Hanson, Honorary Research Fellow at Manchester University, will discuss … Continued

Researching Unitarian Women (online talk)

Zoom online only, United Kingdom

Researching Unitarian Women, with special reference to Elizabeth Gaskell's friendship networks We're online via Zoom again for October and we're delighted to welcome Ann Peart. Ann will talk about her motivation for beginning research on Unitarian women, and explore some … Continued

Mary Barton’s Manchester (online talk)

Elizabeth Gaskell's House 84 Plymouth Grove,, Manchester, United Kingdom

Join us online to discover the 1840s Manchester of Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel, Mary Barton. Back by popular demand, the Gaskell Society's Dr Diane Duffy will lead you on a literary journey of discovery of the places, buildings and landmarks of … Continued

Christmas Revels in Victorian Manchester (online talk)

Zoom online only, United Kingdom

Everyone loves a traditional Victorian Christmas! Get your mince pies ready, pull up your favourite chair, and join us online for a cosy Christmassy evening, as the Gaskell Society's Anthony Burton reveals just how Manchester celebrated Christmas in the Victorian … Continued


Below Stairs: Servants at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Zoom online only, United Kingdom

Victorian households had a strict class hierarchy but was it really all like Downton Abbey? What did servants do on a daily basis and what was a life ‘in service’ like? The middle classes often complained of the ‘Servant Problem’ … Continued


Online Talk – Elizabeth Gaskell Goes Shopping


An illustrated Zoom talk by Anthony Burton Elizabeth Gaskell’s letters, which reveal so much of her life, tell us something of the shops she patronised in Manchester: this talk recalls them from obscurity. Hear about the interesting selection of bookshops, … Continued


A Christmas Potpourri


The Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell's House have asked several enthusiasts to give short illustrated talks about their favourite objects in the House. So please sit back, with some suitably festive refreshments to hand, and enjoy. Tickets are £5.50, for more … Continued


Industrial Labour and Cultural Engagement in the Long Nineteenth Century

Friends' Meeting House Mount Street, Manchester

This conference is designed to expand on the remit of the 'Piston, Pen & Press' project and to discuss and reflect upon a wider range of cultural activities engaged in by industrial workers – for example, as dramatists and theatre-goers, … Continued

Of Song and Speech: Music and Words from Industrial Lancashire

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library 150 Deansgate, Manchester, United Kingdom

Gaskell Society member and good friend, Professor Michael Sanders,  in conversation exploring the defining literary and cultural pioneers of the era. He’ll be joined by folk singer, Jen Reid, who sings Lancashire dialect songs. 5:30-6:10: Collections Encounter Drop in at … Continued


Online Talk: The Gaskells’ Garden on a Plate


Elizabeth Gaskell had great hopes for the garden at Plymouth Grove, not just as a beautiful place to relax, but as a source of food for the family. She even joked that ‘I find my proper vocation is farming‘. Now … Continued


Online Talk: Mary Barton and the Year of Revolutions


Mary Barton and the Year of Revolutions: ‘John Barton became a Chartist, a Communist’ Elizabeth Gaskell’s debut novel Mary Barton (1848) is recognised as one of the most important Victorian works to explore the working class Chartist movement, in this case through the … Continued


Online Talk: Song of the Shirt


With fingers weary and worn, With eyelids heavy and red, A woman sat in unwomanly rags, Plying her needle and thread— Stitch! stitch! stitch! Thomas Hood wrote the famous poem The Song of the Shirt (1843), in response to a newspaper report about … Continued


Online Event: North and South – The Preston Lockouts Anniversary


2023 marks the 170th anniversary of the Preston Lockouts – the historical strikes that informed the plot and themes of Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic romantic novel North and South and provided inspiration for Charles Dickens in Hard Times. When workers demanded a 10% wage increase … Continued


Online Talk: Victorian Christmas in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester


At the start of Queen Victoria’s reign, Christmas meant little to commercial Manchester but during the 1840s-1860s the city came to share in an upsurge of enthusiasm for the festive season. Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester saw a boom in the Christmas … Continued


The Victorian House: Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Context

Cross Street Chapel Cross Street,, Manchester, United Kingdom

Is Elizabeth Gaskell's House a 'typical' Victorian house?  Surely houses changed a lot over Victoria's 63-year-long reign? Anthony Burton examines various aspects of Victorian domestic architecture, in order to show how Elizabeth Gaskell's House fits in. Doors open at 1pm and … Continued

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