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blog : Work Experience at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

In talking about my week at Elizabeth Gaskell's House, I feel it necessary to first explain why I chose to spend my week here, what drew me to the house. I am an A-level student studying English Literature, History and French and I thought it best, for both university and later life, to use this week given by my school, to do something that both complimented and enhanced my studies. Where better then, than the home of a...

blog : We have a new vegetable bed

On Tuesday 17 July the mechanical digger arrived in the garden. Along with it came two very active human labourers and all the volunteer gardeners. The mechanical digger removed the debris and rubble from successive builders, revealing the clay and the oxygen-starved soil beneath. One lorry removed the nasty stuff and a second one brought in good-looking fertile soil. The volunteer gardeners broke up the compacted soil and then the 8 bags of new soil were dropped into...

blog : Sketching with Liz Ackerley

Liz Ackerley has run two very successful sketching workshops at Elizabeth Gaskell's House encouraging the people who attend to capture their individual memories  of the places they love in sketches and illustrations. As an urban sketcher, she says ' My work is fundamentally about places and occasions: capturing a sense of place and a sense of occasion/emotion is my focus, telling the story through the image. A sort of visual journalism: reportage' In her latest exhibition 'From Chorlton...

blog : Annie Swynnerton and William Gaskell…

The portrait of William Gaskell , which usually hangs in his study at the House, is currently on display at Manchester City Art Gallery as part of a major exhibition of the works of Annie Swynnerton, an important feminist artist with many connections with Manchester. The exhibition - Painting Light and Hope - is showing until 6 January 2019 and is well worth a visit, both to see the wonderful portrait of William Gaskell and also to enjoy...

news : Book Plates in the Study

When books were being chosen for William’s study back in 2013, there was an ambitious plan to record  the reason for each  book’s presence. The idea was that a small bookplate would be inserted into each title giving a brief account of that title’s relevance to the Gaskell family. For example, if we knew the family had read it, if Elizabeth Gaskell had expressed an opinion on it, or if Elizabeth quoted it in a letter, diary or...