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news : October at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Manchester’s most famous literary home, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, will be packed to the rafters with eerie events this October, as Halloween brings a terrifying timetable of talks, creepy crafts and scary stories. And Elizabeth Gaskell would definitely approve – she wrote a whole series of ghostly gothic tales. In addition to the Halloween fun, there’ll be a riotous Raucous Afternoon Tea, a Script-writing Masterclass, a chance to meet the author of a new book as part of the...

news : Book Plates in the Study

When books were being chosen for William’s study back in 2013, there was an ambitious plan to record  the reason for each  book’s presence. The idea was that a small bookplate would be inserted into each title giving a brief account of that title’s relevance to the Gaskell family. For example, if we knew the family had read it, if Elizabeth Gaskell had expressed an opinion on it, or if Elizabeth quoted it in a letter, diary or...

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...

news : Summer at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Once upon a time… Elizabeth Gaskell’s House invited families to a summer of full of events and activities inspired by children’s literature. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11am-4.30pm you can enjoy craft activities, dress up as a Victorian and follow our new House trail led, Cranford the cat. Plus, we’ve got special events on every Wednesday. Alice in Wonderland Wednesday 25 July, 12.30-3pm Come to our whacky workshop and make a Mad Hatter’s mad hat! And if...

news : The Tourist Podcast comes to visit

We were thrilled to welcome Vic Elizabeth Turnbull, and the award-winning writer and stand-up comedian Katie Mulgrew, to Elizabeth Gaskell's House a few months back and the result is the very first episode of the The Tourist Podcast. To quote Vic "Each episode,  a new guest gives a no-holds barred tour of a place that they’ve always wanted go, but have never been before." Big thanks to our amazing volunteers Christine and Dianne for their contributions. You can listen...