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The Gaskell Society AGM 2021

Zoom online only

Our Annual General meeting reverts to its usual April slot for 2021, though we've decided to use Zoom, rather than meet in person at Cross Street Chapel. We'll be running talks and lectures over Zoom in the coming months, so this AGM will … Continued

‘Knutsford’ Meeting (online) – April 2021

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Our April study session, hosted by Dr Diane Duffy, continues our exploration of the short story, 'A Dark Night's Work'. You can read Dr Duffy's blog post about the story here.  And here are her points for discussion. The meeting … Continued

The Life of Charlotte Brontë – a manuscript workshop

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An introductory workshop to the manuscript of The Life of Charlotte Brontë hosted by Dr Lucy Hanks. Attendees will learn about how the biography was written and edited by Elizabeth Gaskell and her husband William. The workshop will be interactive, giving participants … Continued

£6

Reading the Nineteenth Century – Esther Waters

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Join Sherry Ashworth for the last in this perennially popular reading course – now online – to explore depictions of motherhood in the nineteenth-century novel. In this session we’ll be exploring George Moore’s Esther Waters. Grab your book and hunker … Continued

£10

Online Tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House – May 2021

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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; … Continued

£10.00

Manchester Digital Collections: Getting to Know Gaskell

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Elizabeth Gaskell fanatic or new to her novels? Explore the University of Manchester John Rylands Library's digitised documents in this online event with Curator Jessica Smith, resident researcher Zoe Miller, a specialist in gender and sexuality history and Elizabeth Gaskell's … Continued

Why She Wrote

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Dive into the fascinating, unexpected, and inspiring stories behind the greatest women writers in the English language as the amazing Bonnets at Dawn launch their new book. The engaging duo talk about their Elizabeth Gaskell chapter and consider her work, … Continued

£4

A Visit to Tabley Old Hall

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Join The Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell's House for a journey back in time to around 1910, just sixty years after the Gaskells moved into Plymouth Grove. Tabley is not far from Knutsford and we know, from her letters, that Elizabeth … Continued

£5.50

Sons and Mothers: Lawrence, Larkin and the Maternal Muse

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This compelling talk explores the work of two of the finest English writers of the 20th century; DH Lawrence and Philip Larkin. Join Philip Watts for a fascinating look at how each writer’s relationship with his mother influenced their work. … Continued

£4

Online Tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House – June 2021

Zoom online only

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; … Continued

£10.00

Between the Covers – Literary Liaisons

Zoom online only

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 … Continued

£5.00

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

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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 … Continued

£4

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

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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 … Continued

£4

The Life of Charlotte Brontë – an introduction

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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 … Continued

£3 – £4

Social Lunch in Didsbury

The Didsbury Pub 852 Wilmslow RoadManchester,

Informal lunch/meet up at The Didsbury Pub in East Didsbury, 852 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury,  Manchester M20 2SG close to Fletcher Moss and The Parsonage Gardens. It has been a very long time since we have been able to meet in … Continued

Online Tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House – August 2021

Zoom online only

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; … Continued

£10.00

Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell – a Friendship

Zoom online only

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 by the Chair of the Gaskell Society, … Continued

£3 – £4

‘This Unlucky Book’ – an online discussion

Zoom online only

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 … Continued

£6 – £8

The Gaskell Memorial Service 2021

Brook Street Chapel Adam's HillKnutsford,

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 … Continued

Online Talk – Elizabeth Gaskell Goes Shopping

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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

£5.50

Autumn Meeting 2021

Knutsford Methodist Church Princess StreetKnutsford,

The Joan Leach Memorial Lecture Stubborn Facts from the Factories: James Leach & the Industrial Background to Mrs Gaskell's Fiction. We're delighted to welcome Dr Mike Sanders, who'll deliver the Joan Leach Memorial Lecture at our Autumn meeting - our first 'live' … Continued

£5 – £6

Manchester Meeting – Elizabeth Gaskell, Farmer?

Cross Street Chapel Cross Street,Manchester,

We're delighted to welcome guest speaker Jackie Tucker to our first Cross Street Chapel Manchester meeting in oooh... absolutely ages! We hope you'll be able to join us. In 1851 Elizabeth Gaskell wrote to Eliza Fox that she had ‘turned … Continued

£5 – £6