Blogs & News

blog : New podcast on the House from Bonnets at Dawn

The latest episode from Bonnets at Dawn takes you on a tour of Elizabeth Gaskell's House  Hannah and Lauren learn all about Elizabeth, William and our amazing volunteers.  Listen via the link below, follow them on twitter @BonnetsatDawn   https://soundcloud.com/bonnetsatdawn/s2-episode-6-elizabeth-gaskells-house

blog : The joy of volunteering…

Volunteering at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House comes with lots of benefits – and one of them is meeting such a lot of interesting and lovely people who share my interests! There’s a production of Schiller’s Mary Stuart currently playing at the Lowry Theatre at Salford Quays – and what a treat of a performance it is. A group of volunteers with the volunteer co-ordinator are going along to see the show tonight – knowing they’ll have a fabulous evening...

news : Introducing Cranford

Elizabeth Gaskell's House is delighted to introduce Cranford, our new (imaginary) House cat and star of our new Children's Trail, created by one of our volunteers, Rebecca Heselton. Rebecca is a graphic designer and illustrator currently based in Manchester. "After graduating last year from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in Fine Art and Art History, I went on to study Graphic Design for three months at Shillington College, Manchester. I first became involved with the Elizabeth...

blog : View from the Garden

Photography by Chris Tucker, volunteer gardener

blog : Admiring the Gaskell Tower in Knutsford

It’s about a forty-five minute train ride from Manchester to Knutsford where Elizabeth Gaskell spent her childhood and girlhood at her aunt’s house- and the railway station is right in the centre of the town. Here is Heathwaite House, where Elizabeth lived with her mother’s sister Hannah Lumb; the church where she and William Gaskell were married; and Brook Street Chapel, the Unitarian chapel where she is buried in a family grave with William and two of her...