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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...

blog : Poems from the House by Lynn Tammadge

Participants who attended the Rommi Smith poetry workshop on 22 June 2018 were invited to share their work via the House blog. We thank all those who attended and Rommi herself. It was a beautiful and inspirational day. These poems were written by Lynn Tammadge. Entrance The bell summons ghosts, the slap of a skirt, the squeeze of finger between starched collar and neck. This hallway is vast, the air still, like underground air, laden with memories. I...

blog : Poems from the House by Carolyn Batcheler

Participants who attended the Rommi Smith poetry workshop on 22 June 2018 were invited to share their work via the House blog. We thank all those who attended and Rommi herself. It was a beautiful and inspirational day. Both these poems were written by Carolyn Batcheler. Drinking a glass of water in Mrs Gaskell’s Garden I’m blessed to be here With the essence of peace Her spirit sits aside As I sip slowly Sharing space with five Soaking in...

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...

blog : Lily-also known as Elizabeth Gaskell

The full flush of roses appears to have quietened down, though the roses on the pergola are still looking good. Their colour is starting to be set off by the single purple flowers of the clematis. Elsewhere there are small groupings of pink and blue. In a small trough by the steps at the back of the house we have planted the variegated pelargonium Lady Plymouth. It dates from early in the 19th century and has scented leaves....