Blogs & News

news : Bonnets at Dawn

We are delighted to welcome the Literary Thunderdome that is Bonnets at Dawn to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House for a week from 3 December. Lauren Burke and Hannah Chapman (aka Bonnets at Dawn) go head to head to compare and contrast the lives and work of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters via comics, essays, social media and a weekly podcast – BUT we’ve managed to tempt them to add another bonnet into the mix – our very own...

news : Groups Launch Event

Monday 26 February is to be a special date for the UK travel trade as women and their role in shaping our society sheds light on two closely linked visitor attractions. Writer Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and the nearby Pankhurst Centre, birthplace of the Suffragette movement, will be under the magnifying glass of coach and tour operators and group travel organisers from all over Great Britain. Organised by Hampshire based group travel specialists Steve Reed Tourism Ltd in conjunction...

news : #LancashireDay

As part of our Lancashire Day celebrations around 27 November we are running a prize draw in conjunction with The History of Lancashire in 70 Objects project. Visitors to the house from Wednesday 22 November until 29 November can enter a prize draw by guessing the meaning of some old Lancashire words including 'Welly', 'Addle-yedded' and 'Pop'. Elizabeth's husband, William, had a fascination with language and was an expert on the Lancashire dialect. Extracts from his lectures on dialect were published...

blog : Conservation Cleaning

On 31 October I, along with several other passionate volunteers at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, attended a fascinating and informative conservation cleaning course led by conservation cleaning professional Nettie Cook. Nettie has previously worked for the National Trust and we had the pleasure of quizzing her extensively on her impressive career. She has worked on everything, from stunning antique Georgian furniture to lighthouses (which are apparently a nightmare to clean!). With Nettie’s help and expertise, we knew that by...

news : New Brown Signs

To misquote Elizabeth ‘we’ve got a brown sign Yes! we really have’. Its taken us three years but we finally have brown signs from Upper Brook Street and the A6 directing people to Elizabeth Gaskell's House for open days, group tours, room hire and events. A Big thank you to all who helped us along the way.