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Book Group Tours

A group of eleven of us came on a book club outing to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House one November evening.The house itself and volunteers Louanne and Jane gave us a warm welcome in from the cold evening air. We chatted in the cheerful...

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Enjoying traditional crafts at Eilzabeth Gaskell’s House

Another year had passed and I’d kept promising myself I’d learn a craft. Luckily, l chose to join Dee Sayce's fabulous weaving workshop at Elizabeth Gaskell's House for a day. The setting is lovely- the warm spacious and light servants' hall where...

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It’s November 1859 – and Elizabeth Gaskell is in Whitby

It's Sunday October 30th 1859 and Elizabeth Gaskell is finishing a long letter to her friend, Charles Eliot Norton which she'd started five days before. She writes: I have missed the Saturday mail, - & Meta, Julia & I are going for...

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Perks of Volunteering

A ‘perk’ of being a volunteer at 84 Plymouth Grove is the programme of development activities organised by the House. This summer there was a major exhibition about John Ruskin, starting in London and then at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield.  A...

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A visit to the archive at the Manchester Lit & Phil

As a member of The Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, I had been asked to write a piece on our illustrious past member Ernest Rutherford. So there I was at Church House going through the Society’s files when my magpie brain suddenly...

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