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news : Elizabeth Gaskell’s House to Celebrate Ruskin’s Legacy with support from National Lottery Funding

“My Dear Mr Ruskin….” Friendship, Inspiration and Scandal, John Ruskin and the Gaskell family will open in July 2019 at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, exploring the friendship between The Gaskell family and John Ruskin in a new year-long exhibition as part of The Ruskin Bicentenary. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, this new exhibition and accompanying events programme will share the heritage of John Ruskin with families, community groups and visitors to the House. Workshops on...

news : Talks Programme 2019

The Elizabeth Gaskell's House talks programme for 2019 shines a spotlight on Elizabeth's writing, from gossip to gothic, with a lively mix of speakers on other Gaskell-related topics too. Talks are included in admission, start at 1pm and last approx 45 minutes (unless stated). Refreshments are available from our Tea Room. No need to book just turn up on the day.   Sunday 12 May Discussion: Elizabeth Gaskell's Shorter Fiction: A Dark Work's Night Dr Diane Duffy leads a...

news : Your Holy Name Church

The Holy Name Church, on Oxford Road in Manchester, is a Grade 1 listed gothic revival building of 1869-71 by Joseph Hansom (10 minute walk from Elizabeth Gaskell's House). Built by the Jesuits, it served as a parish church to a local community of mainly Irish immigrant families until 1960 when the housing around the Church was cleared and the University took over the land. The Holy Name then became the Church of the University Catholic Chaplaincy, which...

news : Elizabeth Gaskell’s House wins National Lottery support to help attract more weddings and local businesses.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester is proud to announce it has been successful in securing a grant of £78,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. This resilience led heritage project will provide training for staff and volunteers, budget for advertising, and create two new roles within the staff team. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to help this historic house and visitor attraction achieve long-term sustainability, so that it can continue to...

news : Signed copy of Cranford Returns to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

A signed copy of Cranford once gifted by Elizabeth Gaskell to a friend has been returned to her Manchester home after over 110 years. Purchased by the Gaskell Society, this signed first edition is now on display in the author’s House, alongside the fascinating story of the book’s four owners. Despite Cranford being the most gentle, domestic and non-political of all Gaskell’s writing, research into the various owners of the volume reveals their involvement in important issues from...