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news : Constance Harper’s songs at Plymouth Grove

Maria Quinn knew Constance and Lilian Harper who lived in our house on Plymouth Grove after the Gaskells, and when she visited the House recently she told us about her friendship with the two Harper sisters - you can read about it in our recent blog here. After Constance died and when Maria started learning the piano, Lilian gave her a copy of  Magic Casements, a collection of five pieces composed by her sister and published in 1924,  And...

news : Summer Holiday Fun

It’s all about nature at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House this summer as Manchester’s favourite literary house throws open its doors to a celebration of John Ruskin and his love of the natural world. Cloud spotting, weaving, sketching and crafting are all on offer in our family summer workshops, which are part of the Manchester-wide Ruskin in Manchester festival, celebrating the bicentenary of the influential artist, writer, critic and friend of the Gaskells. Children and their families will enjoy trying...

news : Friendship, Inspiration and Scandal at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

“My Dear Mr Ruskin….” Friendship, Inspiration and Scandal, John Ruskin and the Gaskell family opens on 18 July 2019 at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, exploring the friendship between The Gaskell family and John Ruskin in a new year-long exhibition as part of The Ruskin Bicentenary. This new exhibition, at Elizabeth Gaskell’s home in Manchester, takes us from the studios of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Italian grand tour to legacies in education and social reform, showing us that the often-overlooked...

news : Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Volunteer Team have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The achievements and dedication of the volunteer team at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester have been acknowledged with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. From fundraising and campaigning to get the House open and restored, through to tour guiding, tea room duties, ticket sales, gardening and marketing, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is deeply indebted to all the volunteers who help to keep the House open to the public....

news : Elizabeth Gaskell’s House to Celebrate Ruskin’s Legacy with support from National Lottery Funding

“My Dear Mr Ruskin….” Friendship, Inspiration and Scandal, John Ruskin and the Gaskell family will open in July 2019 at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, exploring the friendship between The Gaskell family and John Ruskin in a new year-long exhibition as part of The Ruskin Bicentenary. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, this new exhibition and accompanying events programme will share the heritage of John Ruskin with families, community groups and visitors to the House. Workshops on sketching...