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blog : A Darwinian Discovery

Continuing with my project of cataloguing all the books in William’s study I reach four undistinguished looking brown volumes by Lord Henry Cockburn. Inside both covers of a two volume life of Lord Jeffrey (1773-1850, Edinburgh judge and literary critic, co-founder of The Edinburgh Review), my eye is caught by a very clear inscription Susan E Darwin, 1852. As well as these signatures, in the top left-hand corner of the front board, a tiny little label from a...

news : PERSPECTIVES – 80 learning disabled artists show new work across Greater Manchester including at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

October 2018 – February 2019 This autumn 80 learning disabled artists will occupy contemporary and historical venues across Greater Manchester in PERSPECTIVES, a series of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges proudly presented by Venture Arts, a visual arts organisation who support and nurture the artwork and careers of learning disabled artists. From 1 October 2018 through to 24 February 2019, artworks developed over the last two years will be unveiled to the public for the first time in...

blog : Miss Coutts is very, very kind

We have a new shed! It sits very neatly in the corner of the yard and will greatly ease the cramped storage for pots, compost and tools we have had up to now. Also making its appearance, and later than we would normally expect, is the dahlia York and Lancaster in the bed to the left of the front door. There are also two gaudy plants flaunting their colours among the pots at the back of the house...

news : Christmas at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

We invite you to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester for a Victorian-style Christmas. Join us for talks on Christmas customs and literature from the era, carols round the piano, Christmas crafts for the family, and classic family favourite, The Muppet Christmas Carol. Talks & events Victorian Christmas Customs Wednesday 5 December, 2-2.45pm Join Anthony Burton for a talk on Victorian Christmas customs and learn how Elizabeth and her family, as Unitarians, celebrated Christmas at Plymouth Grove. Seasonal refreshments...

blog : Parthenope Nightingale and Ferns

The blog written by Leslie, a fellow volunteer, which drew attention to the links between Elizabeth Gaskell and Florence Nightingale  reminded me that it was one of the letters to Parthenope Nightingale that gave the garden planners added reason for planting a fern bed in the garden. We knew that the Victorian fern craze (pteridomania) was at its height from the 1850s when Mrs Gaskell lived at the house.  Sarah Whittingham's The Victorian Fern Craze, (Shire publications, 2009)...