Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 09:30

The success of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is down to the dedication of its pool of enthusiastic volunteers who each play a vital role in helping to create everything from the very special atmosphere in the period interiors of the House to the lovingly re-established Victorian gardens inspired by the writings of Elizabeth Gaskell.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 09:00

Whenever I read one of Mrs Gaskell’s letters I am reminded of those circular radar screens you see in films about the Second World War. The sweeping arm illuminates what appear to be random spots of light on the screen, just as Mrs Gaskell’s pen moves from subject to subject with no immediately discernible connection. I thought I would finish the current sequence of blogs with a similar approach to plants and flowers in the garden. I will just pick whatever comes to mind.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 10:45

In 1852 Mrs Gaskell wrote in her letters about the vegetables that were growing in the garden. In another letter she tells of being given rhubarb, though whether she meant rhubarb stalks for cooking or a root of rhubarb for growing, is not clear. I suspect it was a root.