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news : Household Commotion – A New Exhibition at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

A new servants exhibition at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House opens this month, featuring a previously unseen letter discovered during the restoration work. Household Commotion’: Elizabeth Gaskell and the ‘awful treasure’ of her servants, 1832-1865, is a brand-new exhibition at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, created by volunteers with the support of Heritage Lottery Funding. This new interactive exhibition explores in detail some of the individual servants that worked for the Gaskell family including Hearn, Elizabeth’s faithful housekeeper, and Will Preston, the...

news : Introducing Cranford

Elizabeth Gaskell's House is delighted to introduce Cranford, our new (imaginary) House cat and star of our new Children's Trail, created by one of our volunteers, Rebecca Heselton. Rebecca is a graphic designer and illustrator currently based in Manchester. "After graduating last year from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in Fine Art and Art History, I went on to study Graphic Design for three months at Shillington College, Manchester. I first became involved with the Elizabeth...

news : International Womens Day 2018

8 March 2018 -International Women's Day - saw the Manchester renamed as 'Womanchester' for the day and at Elizabeth Gaskell's House we encouraged visitors to have a go at calligraphy with artists Joyce Lee; listen and debate with Dr Diane Duffy (one of our volunteers) in the drawing Room about whether Elizabeth Gaskell was a feminist; and finally our Sewing Bee ladies met in the Servant's Hall for their usual weekly sew-together and to celebrate the last day...

news : Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is a highlight for Journalist Vijaya Pratap from the New Indian Express

"The highlight of my Manchester trip was certainly a visit to the beautifully restored historic home of Elizabeth Gaskell," says New Indian Express Journalist Vijaya Pratap. "Walking through the momentous period rooms, visitors learn about the lives of Gaskell family, the restoration of the house and Elizabeth’s literary career. One can browse the books in William Gaskell’s study and sit where Elizabeth sat to write, overlooking her beloved garden. The majority of the furniture and objects can be...

news : Launch Event Showcases Elizabeth Gaskell’s House to Travel Trade

The Manchester home of a famous writer was unveiled to the UK travel trade this week. Coach and tour operators and group travel organisers from around the UK were treated to a special tour of the attraction. 84 Plymouth Grove is the beautiful and impressive home of world famous author Elizabeth Gaskell. Situated in central Manchester, Plymouth Grove is set to be address of choice for coach and tour operators and group travel organisers bringing groups into the...