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blog : The right words in the right order…

The background: the House has been successful in securing funding from the Arts Council for a collaborative programme of arts activities which includes a series of creative writing workshops. Here, Ben Cassidy, who is attending the programme, describes his experience of the second session. For some of the poems which emerged from this session, click here. For some, poetry is the unmentionable term of literature, and can conjure up painful recollections of school days, and the awkward experiences of being...

blogsNnews : Sir Joseph Paxton

Sir Joseph Paxton has returned to the garden. To be accurate it is the rose named after him that has returned. Here he is (with his small green admirers!) The rose was planted in the garden because Elizabeth Gaskell met Sir Joseph Paxton when she visited Chatsworth in 1857. A blog post from last year gives more details of her visit. http://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/meeting-sir-joseph-paxton/ The rose has flowered earlier this year but maybe the garden is a fan of "Victoria" ...

blog : Finding Breathing Space at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

As part of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Heritage Lottery funded project celebrating the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth St Luke’s Art Project have been invited to run some workshops in the house, garden and Swinton Grove Park (land which used to belong to the house which was bequeathed to Manchester City Council for the leisure of local people). St Luke’s media artist Rae Story will lead four workshops between May and July to explore the house, garden and park. Two of...

blog : What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon..

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than sitting with an interesting group of people discussing one of Mrs Gaskell's short stories? Especially one that contains a murder! First serialised in Charles Dickens's weekly literary periodical ‘All the Year Round’, it was retitled by Dickens himself who inserted the word ‘dark' into the title – is it a ‘dark’ story? Was this change a clever marketing ploy by him? Or did it serve to add to the...

blog : Sweet Nancy is its pretty Lancashire name

A brave Sweet Nancy was in flower in the front bed this cold and wet Wednesday morning. A white, double, scented narcissus it took some finding in the bulb catalogues, because it is a name that has been given to a number of plants. We had searched for it because, as with many of the flowers in the garden, we wanted to have a link between the writings of Elizabeth Gaskell and the plants growing in the garden....