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blog : Have you heard about the time Charlotte Brontë hid behind the curtain?

This wonderful Charlotte Brontë doll has been knitted by Gillian, a very talented lady from Crochet, Chat, Coffee, Cake.. with extra Knit and Natter.  She didn't have a pattern and just knitted the doll from a Google image of Charlotte Brontë. We believe it took her about 3 weeks to make. Crochet, Chat, Coffee, Cake ... with extra Knit and Natter was founded in February 2015 and you can find out more at https://www.meetup.com/Crochet-Chat-Coffee-Cake/. They are the official Manchester branch...

blog : Book Cleaning

Some of you may have noticed the images we've been sharing on social media during our recent annual book clean of the books in William Gaskell's Study following a training session we held for volunteers earlier in the summer. Chris Bamber, one of our amazing volunteers, has been part of this fascinating process and he has shared some of his thoughts below. https://www.instagram.com/p/BXYCgZxlh02/?taken-by=elizabeth_gaskells_house Thoughts whilst book cleaning For many of us volunteers Mr. Gaskell’s study is a favourite. ...

blog : Film Premiere: Through the Keyhole

Bringing history to life at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Pupils and teachers from Cedar Mount Academy have been working with the House to produce a series of films which we launched at a popcorn, pizza and ice-cream premiere today. Maria Ruban produced the films and our creative partner, enJOY arts jointly delivered the project with us. Over a series of sessions, both at the House and in school, the pupils have explored what it was like to live at...

blog : #nationalvolunteerweek

The success of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is down to the dedication of its pool of enthusiastic volunteers who each play a vital role in helping to create everything from the very special atmosphere in the period interiors of the House to the lovingly re-established Victorian gardens inspired by the writings of Elizabeth Gaskell. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House youngest volunteer at 16 years old is Rana. Originally from Indonesia, she is in her last year of high school and also...

blog : Elizabeth Gaskell’s Garden “A Great delight”

Whenever I read one of Mrs Gaskell’s letters I am reminded of those circular radar screens you see in films about the Second World War. The sweeping arm illuminates what appear to be random spots of light on the screen, just as Mrs Gaskell’s pen moves from subject to subject with no immediately discernible connection. I thought I would finish the current sequence of blogs with a similar approach to plants and flowers in the garden. I will...