The Gaskell Society and its partners host a year-round programme of meetings and special events, most of which are open to everyone. We’re very friendly – and we’d love to meet you, whether or not you choose to join the Society. 

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April 2015

Gaskell Society AGM

Saturday 18 April, 2015, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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10.00 am-10.30 am: Tea and Coffee 10.45 am: AGM 12.00 noon: The Daphne Carrick Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr Rebecca Styler, Editor of the Gaskell Journal, taking as her title, Elizabeth Gaskell's Maternal Theology. Setting Elizabeth Gaskell in the context of contemporary debates on the re-gendering of God, this talk considers the theological implications of her literary works, through which she imagined the divine in terms of motherhood. Works discussed include Cranford, Lizzie Leigh and Ruth. 1.00 pm (approx): Lunch 2.30 pm: Frank Galvin,…

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July 2015

Gaskell Society Conference

Friday 17 July, 2015 - Tuesday 21 July, 2015
Cober Hill Hotel & Conference Centre, Cloughton
Scarborough, YO13 0AR United Kingdom
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The conference this year will be held at Cober Hill Hotel and Conference Centre, Cloughton, Scarborough. YO13 0AR   www.coberhill.co.uk The title of our conference is Coming to a Conclusion.  We'll be looking at the later years of Elizabeth Gaskell’s life in this, the 150th anniversary year of her death. We will be visiting Whitby, the setting for Sylvia’s Lovers and Scarborough, where Anne Bronte is buried. The Programme Friday 5.30p.m. Emeritus Professor Angus Easson, University of Salford will introduce the Conference by giving us a…

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July 2017

The Gaskell Society Conference 2017

Friday 21 July, 2017, 5:00 pm - Monday 24 July, 2017, 3:30 pm
Best Western Royal Beach Hotel, St Helen's Parade
Portsmouth, PO4 0RN United Kingdom
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Friday, 21 July 4.00 p.m. Registration Delegates can arrive and occupy their rooms from 2pm. 5.30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction to the conference. Andrew Negus: Portsmouth - Harlots, Dung, Glory and Mrs Gaskell. Andrew Negus is a retired history teacher, now a Blue Badge Guide. His talk will cover the mediaeval origins of Portsmouth, its development by 1805, to becoming the home of the greatest dockyard in the world. He will then create a picture of life in Portsmouth when Mrs Gaskell paid…

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September 2017

London and S.E. Gaskell Society Meeting

Saturday 9 September, 2017, 1:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace
London, SW1W 8JF United Kingdom
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£5

At the Francis Holland School for Girls, London  SW1 8JF   ‘Gaskell Bronte connections’  Sophie Franklin  Sophie Franklin will speak about her doctoral research and recently published biography of Charlotte Bronte (copies of which she will bring!). She will speak about Gaskell’s The Life of Charlotte Bronte and how her work feeds into the Bronte myth and how violence in Mary Barton resonates with Bronte’s Shirley.  Although a Bronte scholar she will bring a fresh look to Gaskell’s work as it relates…

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April 2019

The AGM of the Gaskell Society 2019 at Cross Street Chapel

6 April, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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£16.50 – £18.50

 Timetable 10.00 am: Tea and Coffee 10.30 am: AGM 11.30 am: The Daphne Carrick Memorial Lecture will be delivered by  Dr Katherine Skaris of Durham University who will be taking as her title  The Unsung Heroes of Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction. Elizabeth Gaskell’s earlier works primarily address nineteenth-century social and political issues and her efforts in social reform, especially in regards to women, is ever-present in all her novels. In this paper, Katherine will argue that in Mary Barton, North and South, Ruth, Wives…

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July 2019

The Gaskell Society Conference 2019

19 July, 4:00 pm - 22 July, 10:00 am
Tankersley Manor Hotel, Church Lane, Tankersley,
Barnsley, S75 3DQ
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£330 – £380

Elizabeth Gaskell: Working-Class Politics and Culture at   The  Tankersley Manor Hotel which is situated between Sheffield and Barnsley. Set in modest grounds, with full leisure facilities, including a pool, it offers ample parking and easy access to the M1 motorway. As is usual, our Friday evening speakers will talk about the industrial and literary aspects of the area.  On Saturday and Sunday mornings, we have five speakers- Professor Francis O’Gorman: John Ruskin and the Working-Class Professor Robert Poole: Elizabeth Gaskell…

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