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news : PERSPECTIVES – 80 learning disabled artists show new work across Greater Manchester including at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

October 2018 – February 2019 This autumn 80 learning disabled artists will occupy contemporary and historical venues across Greater Manchester in PERSPECTIVES, a series of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges proudly presented by Venture Arts, a visual arts organisation who support and nurture the artwork and careers of learning disabled artists. From 1 October 2018 through to 24 February 2019, artworks developed over the last two years will be unveiled to the public for the first time in...

news : Christmas at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

We invite you to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester for a Victorian-style Christmas. Join us for talks on Christmas customs and literature from the era, carols round the piano, Christmas crafts for the family, and classic family favourite, The Muppet Christmas Carol. Talks & events Victorian Christmas Customs Wednesday 5 December, 2-2.45pm Join Anthony Burton for a talk on Victorian Christmas customs and learn how Elizabeth and her family, as Unitarians, celebrated Christmas at Plymouth Grove. Seasonal refreshments...

news : October at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Manchester’s most famous literary home, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, will be packed to the rafters with eerie events this October, as Halloween brings a terrifying timetable of talks, creepy crafts and scary stories. And Elizabeth Gaskell would definitely approve – she wrote a whole series of ghostly gothic tales. In addition to the Halloween fun, there’ll be a riotous Raucous Afternoon Tea, a Script-writing Masterclass, a chance to meet the author of a new book as part of the...

news : Book Plates in the Study

When books were being chosen for William’s study back in 2013, there was an ambitious plan to record  the reason for each  book’s presence. The idea was that a small bookplate would be inserted into each title giving a brief account of that title’s relevance to the Gaskell family. For example, if we knew the family had read it, if Elizabeth Gaskell had expressed an opinion on it, or if Elizabeth quoted it in a letter, diary or...

news : Dressing the Victorian Lady

Join Margo the Dressmaker and Polly the Lady's Maid to find out what went into dressing the middle-class Victorian lady each day. Discover how her garments were made, how she chose what to wear and how she put her chosen clothes on (and took them off!) as well as how clothing was laundered, ironed and cared for in the Victorian era. It's out from the glass case and off the display stands, as original items dating from the...