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blog : Conservation Cleaning

On 31 October I, along with several other passionate volunteers at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, attended a fascinating and informative conservation cleaning course led by conservation cleaning professional Nettie Cook. Nettie has previously worked for the National Trust and we had the pleasure of quizzing her extensively on her impressive career. She has worked on everything, from stunning antique Georgian furniture to lighthouses (which are apparently a nightmare to clean!). With Nettie’s help and expertise, we knew that by...

blog : History Day in Cheshire

Yesterday Elizabeth Gaskell was once more visiting the county she loved, Cheshire, as part of the Cheshire Local History Association’ s  History Day in Northwich, a town not too far from her native Knutsford.  I spoke to a packed hall of over two hundred people about Elizabeth Gaskell’s life, family and friends in Cheshire and how she represented them throughout her writing. It is an enormous subject and was fascinating to research, although the full extent of Elizabeth’s...

blog : Visiting Cairo St Chapel

On Sunday 9 Sept 2017 for Heritage weekend, Nick and I visited Cairo St (formerly Sankey St.) Chapel in Warrington to see the grave of Gaskell’s infant son William (1844-1845). What a treat we had in store! We received a warm welcome from the Revd. Bob Janis-Dillon, Peter McGuigan and Ray Beecham, who were all extremely generous with their time and their knowledge of the Gaskell family and Unitarian faith. For anyone interested in Revd. William Gaskell’s family,...

blog : A Regency Rose

Whilst choosing photographs for our new postcard collection, Jackie Tucker, one of our Gardening Volunteers (and member of the Gaskell Society), shared the following titbit as to the origin of the George IV Rose featured in the photograph. In his  eighth edition of ‘The Rose-Amateur’s Guide’  (1863), Thomas Rivers said ‘Rivers’s George the Fourth is also an English rose: but as this came by accident, its origin is not so well ascertained.’ Later in the book,  he wrote...

blog : A Licence to Draw

Have you ever wanted to record your memories of a visit using your own sketches and illustrations? If the answer is yes then you might be interested in joining our new Sketching Elizabeth Gaskell's House Workshop on Friday 10 November led by Urban Sketcher Liz Ackerley. One of our volunteers has been on one of Liz Ackerly's courses previously and has very kindly shared her thoughts and experiences. ******* I signed up to one of Liz's beginners' drawing...