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blog : Work Experience

From the week beginning on 11/07/19 and ending on 17/07/19 I had done work experience at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. I had been doing multiple jobs to help out throughout the week; these included working in the tea room during the open days, helping out on the front desk and also helping out with setting up the new exhibitions. I especially enjoyed working in the tea rooms when a large tour came in and booked to have tea and...

news : Friendship, Inspiration and Scandal at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

“My Dear Mr Ruskin….” Friendship, Inspiration and Scandal, John Ruskin and the Gaskell family opens on 18 July 2019 at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, exploring the friendship between The Gaskell family and John Ruskin in a new year-long exhibition as part of The Ruskin Bicentenary. This new exhibition, at Elizabeth Gaskell’s home in Manchester, takes us from the studios of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Italian grand tour to legacies in education and social reform, showing us that the often-overlooked...

blog : Exploring John Ruskin’s Brantwood

Ruskin was one of the most remarkable men, not only of England and our time, but of all countries and all times. He was one of those rare men who think with their hearts, and so he thought and said not only what he himself had seen and felt, but what everyone will think and say in the future. This is Leo Tolstoy describing, what was for him, the legacy of John Ruskin. 2019 marks the bicentenary of...

blog : Elizabeth Gaskell’s lady’s maid – a dramatic imagining

The background: earlier this year, the House was successful in securing funding from the Arts Council for a collaborative programme of arts activities which included a series of creative writing workshops. These used the current House exhibition, Household Commotion - Elizabeth Gaskell and the 'awful treasure' of her servants, as inspiration for exploring different writing styles and genres. We're so pleased to publish here a character sketch written by Olive Powell (who attended the programme) of Caroline Weiderman, who Elizabeth Gaskell brought...

blog : It’s 27 February 1861 – visiting the Victory!

This is from a letter written to Marianne Gaskell on Thursday 28 February 1862 - a letter started by Meta and finished by Elizabeth while they were visiting a Mrs Lyall at The Close, Winchester Cathedral. Part of the letter describes a visit to the Victory  - Nelson's flagship at the battle of Trafalgar - which they'd made the previous day, on Wednesday, 27 February: On Wednesday, as Meta has begun to tell you, we went to Portsmouth, soon...