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Booking Form for Autumn Meeting 10.30 am Coffee 11.00 am The Joan Leach Memorial Lecture will be given by Marie Moxon, taking as her title: The Sounding Cataract and the Tall Rock: From William Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’ to Elizabeth Gaskell’s Ruth. Writing to her sister-in-law Lizzie in 1836, Elizabeth Gaskell is enthusiastic about the Lakeland poet. Sitting ‘in a shady corner of a field gay with bright spring flowers’, and with ‘the air so full of sweet sounds’ the surroundings provide…Find out more »
. We are delighted to begin our new season with a very topical talk: Early photography in Manchester: introducing a hitherto unknown portrait of William Gaskell GILLY READ, vice-chair of the Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group Gilly Read first briefly describes the appearance and expansion of photography in the 19th century, before describing how it developed in Manchester. She has identified more than 750 Victorian photographers in Manchester: traces of some of their studios survive. Finally, Gilly surveys the Gaskells'…Find out more »
A great delight? The garden at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Jackie Tucker, is a member of the garden team at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and a member of the Research Group. Jackie explains how the practical work in the garden goes hand-in-hand with research. She describes the restoration of the garden and examines the principles, which underpin it. She sets the Gaskells’ garden in its historical context and explores what it meant to William, Elizabeth and their daughters, using the words of…Find out more »