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news : Creating Successful Interiors: Interpretation, Audiences and Authenticity 

A one-day, interdisciplinary conference exploring how historic house museums present and interpret interior spaces for contemporary museum visitors, and what they might learn from other industries. Presented by Jane Austen’s House Museum in partnership with The Charleston Trust 10:00am to 4:30pm £30 adults/£20 students Venue: Charleston, Firle, East Sussex Join us for an exciting day of talks and discussion, presented by two of the South East’s great house museums: Jane Austen’s House Museum and Charleston. Historic house museums, entrusted with...

blog : 10 things you might not know about Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

1.    Elizabeth lived at the house from 1850-1865 with her husband, William, and four daughters. William and their two unmarried daughters, Meta and Julia, continued to live in the house after Elizabeth’s death.  When Meta died in 1913 the house and its contents were sold. 2.    In 1914 the Harper family bought the house. One the of Harper daughters was an actress and the other was a harpist with the Hallé orchestra. The morning room was used as...

blog : Walter Savage Landor and Elizabeth Gaskell

We have a new sundial in place at the back of the House which was put up last December with funding support from Viridor Credits. The sundial features an interesting quote - 'If you but follow the sun all day ' And while it's  perfect for a sundial, does it have any connection with Elizabeth Gaskell? And the answer is, yes it certainly does! The quote is used by Gaskell as the epigraph to Chapter 13 of Mary...

news : New community engagement programme

New community engagement programme explores the Life of Victorian servants at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is delighted to be working on a new collaborative project with the award-winning community arts organisation enJOY arts after being successful in their application to Arts Council England. This exciting new project follows on from the success of the recent exhibition ‘Household Commotion; Elizabeth Gaskell and the ‘awful treasure’ of her servants, 1832-1865’, and will see the creation of...

blog : Lancashire Day

Lancashire Day holds a proud and established history in the county, commemorating the day on which the first-elected representatives called to London by King Edward I in 1295.  This Tuesday 27 November 2018, the county will celebrate its history and how it has shaped the rest of the nation. In Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel, Mary Barton (1848), John Barton makes the journey down to London as a part of the vast crowd that presents the 1839 Chartist Petition...