Blogs & News

blog : The NEW EGH Under 25s Volunteer Group

We are a group of young volunteers (aged 18-25)  at the Elizabeth Gaskell House who have recently set up an under 25s group which will aim to recruit more young people as volunteers for the House, as well as encourage them to visit and take part in events.  We would like to appeal to a variety of young people who have many different interests, from those studying English Literature or History and who want to learn more about...

blog : Old books: New Skills for the volunteers

At Elizabeth Gaskell’s House we have quite a collection of old books. Our oldest date back to the  17th & 18th Century, most are 19th Century. The collection was begun through purchases during the restoration of the house and has been supplemented by donations. Many are in poor condition and some are deteriorating with use. We want our visitors to handle our books and actively encourage them to do so, but we are also conscious that we need...

blog : John Ruskin’s Strawberries

We have strawberries growing in the front garden. Unlike Lady Ludlow in Elizabeth Gaskell's novella, the decision to plant strawberries was not prompted by a wish to show our aristocratic genes. We are told in Chapter 3 of My Lady Ludlow, that "...the great hereditary factor on which my lady piqued herself ............ was the power she had of perceiving the delicious odour arising from a bed of strawberries in the late autumn, when the leaves are all...

blog : Work Placement from Wright Robinson

As a current student in Year 10, I successfully engaged myself on work experience at the Elizabeth Gaskell House from the 17/07/2019 till the 23/07/2019.Throughout this working session, I would say that I have enjoyed working at Elizabeth Gaskell House and helping the committee as a whole. I had done various tasks such as arranging the seminar hall for booked events, gave assistance at the front desk-sold tickets to visitors (which I enjoyed through interaction with them especially...

blog : Soaking up the Atmosphere – Observational drawing with TLC St Lukes

As part of our Ruskin Sharing heritage project local community group TLC St Lukes are delivering a multi-media observational project in partnership with their Breathing Spaces Project. The group returned again to Elizabeth Gaskell's House last week for the third in the series of drawing and photography workshops - this time they explored the interior. Artist and group leader Rae Story told us "We began our drawing workshop looking closely, soaking up the atmosphere and using our new drawing...