Blogs & News

blog : January in the Garden

  The first flowers of the year are starting to show themselves. We have primroses, snowdrops, witch-hazel, crocus and cyclamen in flower and shoots of daffodils, tulips and scilla coming up through the soil. So something to look forward to. Photography by Chris Tucker, Volunteer Gardener

blog : So long, and thanks for all the cake

It is with a heavy heart that I write my final blog for Elizabeth Gaskell’s House (or Lizzie G’s as I referred to it throughout my time volunteering here- I like to think that she had a secret rapper identity, writing by day and composing her rhymes by night, William being her groupie of course!) I felt that as an active blogger for the House’s website  it was only right to conclude my time here with one last...

blog : Are you nesh?

It all started with a conversation that I had with another volunteer on a chilly winter’s morning. As I sat there wrapped with the throw from the chaise lounge on my lap (shhh, don’t tell) and with my winter coat draped over my shoulders, said volunteer (who, at her request, shall not be named) called me “nesh”. Being a typical Southerner only familiar with cockney rhyming slang, I hadn’t the faintest idea what she was talking about. I...

blog : Tracking down John Johnson

When you find a letter wedged in the brickwork under the roof trusses of the stable block at the Elizabeth Gaskell House, two questions immediately spring to mind-who sent it and why? (you can read about the recipient in an earlier blog) We know from the signature that his name was James Johnston and that in 1853 he was living in John St., Maryport, although sadly he does not provide a house number. This is part of John...

blog : Festive Fun from our Volunteers and Visitors

This year for the first time we have been selling Florence Nightingale (one of Elizabeth's good friends and correspondents) and Suffragette (in anticipation of the 100 year anniversary in 2018) Christmas tree decorations from our Tea Toom and shop. Some of our volunteers and visitors have been sharing photos of their decorations on their Christmas tree - which we thought we would share with you. We know there are plenty of other literary themed decorations and characters on...