Volunteering

DisCOVERies in Bookbinding

Last Monday, 17th Feb, a few volunteers who have been involved in restoring and repairing the house’s books, met to decide which tasks we should tackle next. During the morning we found a number of books where the spine was damaged so...

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Volunteering as a student

I knew that I was interested in volunteering during my time at the University of Manchester, so during my first week I went to the volunteering fair to meet representatives from organisations across the city. When I heard about Elizabeth Gaskell’s House...

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Volunteers needed to help with second-hand book sales

Our legendary second-hand book sales (held every second Sunday) is the city's biggest (and perhaps best) second-hand book sale, with two rooms crammed with second-hand books of all genres. We are looking for at least two new volunteers to help support the...

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Book Group Tours

A group of eleven of us came on a book club outing to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House one November evening.The house itself and volunteers Louanne and Jane gave us a warm welcome in from the cold evening air. We chatted in the cheerful...

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It’s November 1859 – and Elizabeth Gaskell is in Whitby

It's Sunday October 30th 1859 and Elizabeth Gaskell is finishing a long letter to her friend, Charles Eliot Norton which she'd started five days before. She writes: I have missed the Saturday mail, - & Meta, Julia & I are going for...

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