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blog : Work Experience at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

In talking about my week at Elizabeth Gaskell's House, I feel it necessary to first explain why I chose to spend my week here, what drew me to the house. I am an A-level student studying English Literature, History and French and I thought it best, for both university and later life, to use this week given by my school, to do something that both complimented and enhanced my studies. Where better then, than the home of a...

blog : We have a new vegetable bed

On Tuesday 17 July the mechanical digger arrived in the garden. Along with it came two very active human labourers and all the volunteer gardeners. The mechanical digger removed the debris and rubble from successive builders, revealing the clay and the oxygen-starved soil beneath. One lorry removed the nasty stuff and a second one brought in good-looking fertile soil. The volunteer gardeners broke up the compacted soil and then the 8 bags of new soil were dropped into...

blog : Sketching with Liz Ackerley

Liz Ackerley has run two very successful sketching workshops at Elizabeth Gaskell's House encouraging the people who attend to capture their individual memories  of the places they love in sketches and illustrations. As an urban sketcher, she says ' My work is fundamentally about places and occasions: capturing a sense of place and a sense of occasion/emotion is my focus, telling the story through the image. A sort of visual journalism: reportage' In her latest exhibition 'From Chorlton...

blog : Annie Swynnerton and William Gaskell…

The portrait of William Gaskell , which usually hangs in his study at the House, is currently on display at Manchester City Art Gallery as part of a major exhibition of the works of Annie Swynnerton, an important feminist artist with many connections with Manchester. The exhibition - Painting Light and Hope - is showing until 6 January 2019 and is well worth a visit, both to see the wonderful portrait of William Gaskell and also to enjoy...

blog : Work Experience at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

One of my tasks was scanning photographs of the restoration work and I was shocked to see the former state of the building. (the image below shows the study before the renovation) I also helped to format and produce the long-awaited book plates which Jane and I then put in the relevant books.   The books for the study were carefully chosen by trustees and the book plates have been created to explain why certain books were chosen.   It...