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news : New merchandise on sale

After months of planning and design our new Elizabeth Gaskell House merchandise is all in stock and available to buy from the Tea Room. I am afraid we must do some shopping Elizabeth Gaskell, 1863 the new range includes a tote bag featuring the quote above, tea towel, two types of fridge magnet (one featuring an image by @LizsScribbles) , branded pencils and quill feather pens, postcards, X-stitch style cards from @8bitnortherner , Elizabeth Gaskell House blend of tea from...

blog : A Regency Rose

Whilst choosing photographs for our new postcard collection, Jackie Tucker, one of our Gardening Volunteers (and member of the Gaskell Society), shared the following titbit as to the origin of the George IV Rose featured in the photograph. In his  eighth edition of ‘The Rose-Amateur’s Guide’  (1863), Thomas Rivers said ‘Rivers’s George the Fourth is also an English rose: but as this came by accident, its origin is not so well ascertained.’ Later in the book,  he wrote...

blog : A Licence to Draw

Have you ever wanted to record your memories of a visit using your own sketches and illustrations? If the answer is yes then you might be interested in joining our new Sketching Elizabeth Gaskell's House Workshop on Friday 10 November led by Urban Sketcher Liz Ackerley. One of our volunteers has been on one of Liz Ackerly's courses previously and has very kindly shared her thoughts and experiences. ******* I signed up to one of Liz's beginners' drawing...

blog : Learn English through Creative Writing

Liam Starkey will be leading our new English through Creative Writing Course which starts on 1 November. We invited Liam to to tell us more about the course. "I've been teaching English for 2 years now. This partly grew out of my interest in languages as a whole. I have myself tried to learn many including Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Spanish and Japanese. I am not some language genius and I am no way fluent in any of...

news : New Xstitch inspired cards now on sale

We are very excited to reveal the following three new card designs from 8bitnorthxstitch which are now available to buy when you visit Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Commissioned exclusively for Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and designed by self-confessed serial cross stitcher Michelle (@8bitnortherner) these new cards are on sale for £3 each and feature Elizabeth Gaskell, her novels and some of the Gaskell family’s most famous friends. Michelle was very enthusiastic about the commission “I was really excited to be...