Blogs & News

news : Saying goodbye to William

On Friday last week we said goodbye to the William Gaskell portrait that's been hanging in the study as it is returning to Manchester Art Gallery for an exhibition in the spring - but don't worry  he will be coming back to the house later in 2018. The portrait (oil on canvas), painted in 1879, was bequeathed by Meta Gaskell in 1914 to Manchester Art Gallery is by Annie Swynnerton (1844-1933). It has gone back to the art...

blog : A Nice Day for a Fake Wedding

Earlier this year I found myself attending four fake weddings in one day- a sentence I never thought I would find myself saying. Despite not being a huge fan of weddings myself, setting up Elizabeth Gaskell's House for a wedding photoshoot was actually a lot of fun-all jollity and no awkward speeches (admit it, we’ve all been there!). The whole day of the photoshoot was full of the hustle and bustle of fake wedding preparations. Sally (the House...

news : Bonnets at Dawn

We are delighted to welcome the Literary Thunderdome that is Bonnets at Dawn to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House for a week from 3 December. Lauren Burke and Hannah Chapman (aka Bonnets at Dawn) go head to head to compare and contrast the lives and work of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters via comics, essays, social media and a weekly podcast – BUT we’ve managed to tempt them to add another bonnet into the mix – our very own...

news : Groups Launch Event

Monday 26 February is to be a special date for the UK travel trade as women and their role in shaping our society sheds light on two closely linked visitor attractions. Writer Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and the nearby Pankhurst Centre, birthplace of the Suffragette movement, will be under the magnifying glass of coach and tour operators and group travel organisers from all over Great Britain. Organised by Hampshire based group travel specialists Steve Reed Tourism Ltd in conjunction...

news : #LancashireDay

As part of our Lancashire Day celebrations around 27 November we are running a prize draw in conjunction with The History of Lancashire in 70 Objects project. Visitors to the house from Wednesday 22 November until 29 November can enter a prize draw by guessing the meaning of some old Lancashire words including 'Welly', 'Addle-yedded' and 'Pop'. Elizabeth's husband, William, had a fascination with language and was an expert on the Lancashire dialect. Extracts from his lectures on dialect were published...