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Cranford for Beginners (online talk)

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Have you ever wanted to read Cranford or wondered why it’s one of Elizabeth Gaskell’s most popular novels? Join Libby Tempest, Chair of the Gaskell Society, for an introduction to this well-loved classic of Victorian literature. It’s the perfect complement … Continued

£4

Manchester Meeting (online) – Brontë’s Mistress

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In February, we're delighted to welcome historical novelist Finola Austin, who will talk about her debut novel, Bronte's Mistress, published by Atria Books (Simon & Schuster) in 2020. in 1843, Branwell Brontë had affair with Lydia Robinson, mistress of Thorp Green … Continued

Cranford’s Illustrators (online talk)

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Cranford’s famous illustrations helped to popularise Elizabeth Gaskell’s much-loved novel. Find out more about the story behind them in this informative online evening talk with our very good friend, the former Portico Library Librarian, Emma Marigliano It’s the perfect complement to … Continued

£4

Reading the Nineteenth Century – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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It’s back! The sell-out reading course is now going online! Join Sherry Ashworth in this perennially popular reading course, hosted by Elizabeth Gaskell's House, to explore depictions of motherhood in the nineteenth-century novel. How was the mother seen in Victorian … Continued

£10

Chocolate Box Cranford – an Idyll? (online talk)

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford is famed for its portrayal of picture-perfect English village life, and its well-loved illustrations by Hugh Thomson help to paint this chocolate-box picture. But is there more to Cranford than the idyllic image suggests? Find out in this … Continued

£4

Manchester Meeting (online) – Alice Petschler

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We're delighted to welcome the historian, biographer and retired teacher, Joanna Williams to our March meeting, where she'll talk about Alice Petschler (1830-1897).   Alice Petschler was the photographer, poet and "lunatic" whose case helped to lead changes in the … Continued

Reading the Nineteenth Century – Bleak House

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It’s back! The sell-out reading course is now going online! Join Sherry Ashworth in this perennially popular reading course, hosted by Elizabeth Gaskell's House, to explore depictions of motherhood in the nineteenth-century novel. How was the mother seen in Victorian … Continued

£10

Readings in Honour of Mothers’ Day (online talk)

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Join the team at Elizabeth Gaskell's House for a wonderful online reading about mothers and motherhood, in honour of Mother’s Day. Elizabeth Gaskell’s experience as a mother informed much of her writing. House volunteers will be performing a delightful selection … Continued

£4

A Piano Recital with Claire Vane

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We're delighted to welcome the celebrated pianist Claire Vane, who will give an online recital from her home in Cambridge. Claire intends to perform at Elizabeth Gaskell's House, just as soon as conditions allow, but in the meantime she has made this very generous offer … Continued

£10

‘Knutsford’ Meeting (online) – March 2021

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Our March discussion, hosted by Dr Diane Duffy, will be about the short story, 'A Dark Night's Work'. You can read Dr Duffy's blog post about the story here.  Diane has supplied some extracts for the discussion and a list … Continued

Below Stairs: Servants at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

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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

£4

The Gaskell Society AGM 2021

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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

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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

Between the Covers – Literary Liaisons

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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