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Mr Lear and Mrs Gaskell

I've recently read a biography of Edward Lear who we now mostly remember for his nonsense verse and limericks - The Owl and The Pussycat anyone? One of my reasons for reading 'Mr Lear. A Life of Art and Nonsense' is that...

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Volunteers needed to help with second-hand book sales

Our legendary second-hand book sales (held every second Sunday) is the city's biggest (and perhaps best) second-hand book sale, with two rooms crammed with second-hand books of all genres. We are looking for at least two new volunteers to help support the...

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Cairo Street Chapel Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

Sunday 19  January at 10.30am The middle years of the 19th Century must have been a great time to be a member of Cairo Street Unitarian Chapel for not only were plans being developed to change the Georgian Chapel of 1745 into...

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Talks Programme 2020

Join us throughout 2020 for a fine line-up of literary lunch-time lectures. The Elizabeth Gaskell's House talks programme 2020 will explore the Gaskells' world, from Ruskin to revels, and Cranford to Crimea, with a lively mix of speakers to entertain and inform....

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Help us to re-imagine Elizabeth’s Bedroom

As many will know it has always been our ambition to restore Elizabeth's bedroom and we are excited to announce that plans are now in progress to make this happen. The room that was previously the exhibition room has now been cleared,...

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