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news : Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Volunteer Team have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The achievements and dedication of the volunteer team at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester have been acknowledged with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. From fundraising and campaigning to get the House open and restored, through to tour guiding, tea room duties, ticket sales, gardening and marketing, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is deeply indebted to all the volunteers who help to keep the House open to the public....

blog : The Sound of Servants – The Musical!

Everybody who came to see the musical on 27 April thoroughly enjoyed it.  The Herizons group with enJOY Arts and Claire Mooney put on a stunning performance, telling the stories of servants who worked at the house, through drama and original songs – along with a good dose of comedy. House volunteer, Pauline, was part of the cast and has shared her experience with us: I had just started volunteering at the House when Erica and Naomi (Enjoy...

blog : Mrs Gaskell and Miss Betty Barker’s Alderney Cow

This must be one of the best known and best loved stories from Cranford: An old lady had an Alderney cow, which she looked on as a daughter. You could not pay the short quarter-of-an-hour call, without being told of the wonderful milk or wonderful intelligence of the animal. The whole town knew and kindly regarded Miss Betty Barker's Alderney; therefore great was the sympathy and regret when, in an unguarded moment, the poor cow tumbled into a...

blog : The right words in the right order…

The background: the House has been successful in securing funding from the Arts Council for a collaborative programme of arts activities which includes a series of creative writing workshops. Here, Ben Cassidy, who is attending the programme, describes his experience of the second session. For some of the poems which emerged from this session, click here. For some, poetry is the unmentionable term of literature, and can conjure up painful recollections of school days, and the awkward experiences of being...

blog : Sir Joseph Paxton

Sir Joseph Paxton has returned to the garden. To be accurate it is the rose named after him that has returned. Here he is (with his small green admirers!) The rose was planted in the garden because Elizabeth Gaskell met Sir Joseph Paxton when she visited Chatsworth in 1857. A blog post from last year gives more details of her visit. http://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/meeting-sir-joseph-paxton/ The rose has flowered earlier this year but maybe the garden is a fan of "Victoria" ...