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Online Talk – Victorian Children’s Literature: an introduction

Zoom online only

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 … Continued

£4

The Gaskell Memorial Service 2021

Brook Street Chapel Adam's Hill,, Knutsford

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 Street, Knutsford

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

Knutsford Meeting – Ruth I

Brook Street Chapel Adam's Hill,, Knutsford

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, … Continued

£5 – £6

Lois the Witch and Other Tales

Zoom online only

Join the team at Elizabeth Gaskell's House online for a spine-tingling talk, perfect for Halloween! Elizabeth Gaskell definitely had a dark side and wrote a number of gothic and ghostly stories. 'Lois the Witch' is set against the backdrop of the … Continued

£4

Manchester Meeting – The Adopted Child in 19th Century Literature

Cross Street Chapel Cross Street,, Manchester

This talk explores representations of adopted children in fiction by Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens and George Eliot. Our guest speaker, Dr Karen Laird, is an adoptive mother and the author of The Art Of Adapting Victorian … Continued

£5 – £6

Anne Brontë 200

Cross Street Chapel Cross Street,, Manchester

"A Fine and Subtle Spirit" - a bicentenary celebration in words and music A bicentenary celebration for Anne Brontë at Cross Street Chapel, Manchester.  Postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic, this unique concert event features choral settings of Anne’s words, … Continued

£12 – £15

Knutsford Meeting – Ruth II

Brook Street Chapel Adam's Hill,, Knutsford

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, … Continued

£5 – £6

Victorian Women in Bed

Elizabeth Gaskell's House 84 Plymouth Grove,, Manchester

A series of plays by Janet Goddard performed in person at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. ‘What is a bed for but to die in?’ asks angry, dead Emily Brontë. We snuggle down to participate in bed adventures with six bold women … Continued

£12

Victorian Women in Bed – New show added

Elizabeth Gaskell's House 84 Plymouth Grove,, Manchester

Due to popular demand, a third show has been added to the run A series of plays by Janet Goddard performed in person at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. ‘What is a bed for but to die in?’ asks angry, dead Emily Brontë. … Continued

£12

Victorian Women in Bed

Elizabeth Gaskell's House 84 Plymouth Grove,, Manchester

A series of plays by Janet Goddard performed in person at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. ‘What is a bed for but to die in?’ asks angry, dead Emily Brontë. We snuggle down to participate in bed adventures with six bold women … Continued

£12

A Christmas Potpourri

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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

£5.50

Manchester Meeting – Elizabeth Gaskell’s Visits to Capesthorne Hall

Cross Street Chapel Cross Street,, Manchester

In the late 1840s and early 1850s Elizabeth Gaskell paid a number of visits to her friend Caroline Davenport at Capesthorne Hall, near Congleton, Cheshire. Capesthorne is a red-brick Georgian mansion, remodelled in the 1830s by the architect Edward Blore.  … Continued

£5 – £6

Online Talk – Christmas Customs

Zoom online only

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 … Continued

£4

New Year Lunch, 2022

Cottons Hotel and Spa Manchester Road, Knutsford

We're thrilled to welcome our members and friends back for our wonderful New Year lunch, now a firm favourite in our society's calendar. Join us at the the Cottons Hotel, Knutsford for a three-course lunch, including coffee and after-lunch entertainment. … Continued

£26 – £28.20

Online Talk – Cranford Illustrators: which bits did they illustrate?

Zoom online only

As part of the Love Affair with Cranford exhibition at Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Anthony Burton returns with a new online talk exploring Cranford’s many illustrators. Surveying thirteen varied artists, he asks why they were attracted to illustrate certain aspects of Elizabeth … Continued

£4

Knutsford Meeting – Ruth III

Brook Street Chapel Adam's Hill,, Knutsford

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, … Continued

£5 – £6

Online Talk: North and South – An Introduction

Zoom online only

We are thrilled that Elizabeth Gaskell's House is celebrating North and South during 2022, with a special season of events and talks! The season opener is the Gaskell Society's Elizabeth Williams, with an introduction to this best-known and most-loved of Gaskell's … Continued

£4

Manchester Meeting – Three Lady Writers and Love

Cross Street Chapel Cross Street,, Manchester

Join us for a look at how Austen, Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell approach romantic love. Mr Rochester, Mr Darcy and Mr Thornton will all be mentioned! Elizabeth Williams is a retired English lecturer, Gaskell Society member and former Chair … Continued

£5 – £6

Emmeline String Quartet

Elizabeth Gaskell's House 84 Plymouth Grove,, Manchester

The Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell's House are delighted to welcome their friends back to the House for a performance by the Emmeline String Quartet. The Quartet was formed in 2018 at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester,  and focuses on works … Continued

£16.50