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blog : Have you heard about the time Charlotte Brontë hid behind the curtain?

This wonderful Charlotte Brontë doll has been knitted by Gillian, a very talented lady from Crochet, Chat, Coffee, Cake.. with extra Knit and Natter.  She didn't have a pattern and just knitted the doll from a Google image of Charlotte Brontë. We believe it took her about 3 weeks to make. Crochet, Chat, Coffee, Cake ... with extra Knit and Natter was founded in February 2015 and you can find out more at https://www.meetup.com/Crochet-Chat-Coffee-Cake/. They are the official Manchester branch...

news : Herizons go ‘Live at Lyme’!

Fancy something to look forward to as the nights draw in and the leaves begin to fall? How about a very special performance at National Trust’s Lyme Park by our Herizons Creative Women’s Group? Legends of Lyme is an innovative devised piece, exploring the untold stories of women from Lyme’s Regency Era through drama and music: Meet Sarah Glave, the mother to Lyme’s illegitmate heir; Ellen Turner, the young woman at the heart of an abduction scandal; Ellen Jane Legh,...

news : 1019 Books Cleaned in 90 Hours

Following a training session on conservation book cleaning with Professional Conservation Cleaner Nettie Cook, a team of 11 volunteers have worked very hard over the summer to clean all the books in William Gaskell's Study, the Drawing Room and the Dining Room at Elizabeth Gaskell's House. The books were cleaned and their condition noted, a mammoth task that has taken the volunteers around 90 hours to complete during July and August. Rather aptly the last book they cleaned was...

news : New season of events announced for September to December 2017

Wednesday 20 September 2017 - This Merikay Way: Lancastrian poetic commentary on the American Civil War during the Cotton Famine Informal lecture given by Dr Simon Rennie from the University of Exeter followed by Q&A. Tickets £8.  The Home Life of Elizabeth Gaskell This four week course explores the home life of Elizabeth Gaskell, covering her house, her beloved garden, the Gaskell Family and the servants who kept the house running. Tickets £8 and each session will run...

news : Widening Academic Horizons

This education venture has been set up at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester and is backed by The Bowland Charitable Trust. Space within the house has been converted to create a new high spec educational space within the University District of Manchester. The CoachHouse will provide Manchester and North West schools with exciting and stimulating learning experiences. Lectures, hands-on learning sessions, seminars and talks using the talents of lectures and PhD students from local universities. “I want to...