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At home with the Harpers

While Elizabeth Gaskell is one of the most well known of the people who've lived at 84 Plymouth Grove, the house has been a home to other families, all of whom have stories to share with us. One of these is the...

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Receiving our Queens Award

Last Wednesday, 28th August, I was one of eight from Elizabeth Gaskell's House, who, along with Sally, our manager, represented our many volunteers at a ceremony in Gorton Monastery, to receive our Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. We arrived at 10.15am and...

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The NEW EGH Under 25s Volunteer Group

We are a group of young volunteers (aged 18-25)  at the Elizabeth Gaskell House who have recently set up an under 25s group which will aim to recruit more young people as volunteers for the House, as well as encourage them to...

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Old books: New Skills for the volunteers

At Elizabeth Gaskell’s House we have quite a collection of old books. Our oldest date back to the  17th & 18th Century, most are 19th Century. The collection was begun through purchases during the restoration of the house and has been supplemented...

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John Ruskin’s Strawberries

We have strawberries growing in the front garden. Unlike Lady Ludlow in Elizabeth Gaskell's novella, the decision to plant strawberries was not prompted by a wish to show our aristocratic genes. We are told in Chapter 3 of My Lady Ludlow, that...

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