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news : Your Holy Name Church

The Holy Name Church, on Oxford Road in Manchester, is a Grade 1 listed gothic revival building of 1869-71 by Joseph Hansom (10 minute walk from Elizabeth Gaskell's House). Built by the Jesuits, it served as a parish church to a local community of mainly Irish immigrant families until 1960 when the housing around the Church was cleared and the University took over the land. The Holy Name then became the Church of the University Catholic Chaplaincy, which...

blog : My Favourite Object – The Chintz

One of my ‘favourite things’ in the house is the chintz used for the curtains and furniture coverings in the Drawing Room. Chintz is a glazed fabric typically printed with flowers on a light background, as ours is. So why have I chosen this? There are two reasons: Firstly, we are pretty sure that this is the pattern chosen by Elizabeth when she redecorated in 1859. In her letter to Charles Eliot Norton on March 9th 1859 she...

blog : More than a flash in the pan – stories from Household Commotion

From the writers at the creative writing workshops currently running at the House. Inspired by the Household Commotion exhibition on servants who worked for the Gaskell family. Read and enjoy! VICTORIAN GOTHIC For the last time, in the house where I've been made to feel essential, I receive my night candle. Once I skipped upstairs, but now I drag to the attic in the wavering dark. Two years ago, it was, I arrived in blank trepidation, and her...

blog : The Sound of Servants – it’s getting louder!

In December 2018, we were successful in securing funding from the Arts Council England for a new collaborative programme of arts activities at the House inspired by the exhibition 'Household Commotion: Elizabeth Gaskell and the awful treasure of her servants 1832-1865' which is on display upstairs at the House until end of June 2019. As part of the programme, the creative team behind the successful 'Gaskell: the Musical' will creating a new promenade performance telling the stories of some of...

blog : The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – A new book for our collection

We have recently added a splendid edition of Anne Bronte’s controversial novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall to our collection. The book has been donated, following a crowdfunding appeal, by Bonnets at Dawn, a social media/podcasting duo who regularly discuss the works of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, with occasional detours into the works of other nineteenth century female writers.  Bonnets at Dawn, otherwise known as Lauren Burke and Hannah K Chapman (based in the UK and...