Blogs & News

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...

news : Household Commotion – A New Exhibition at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

A new servants exhibition at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House opens this month, featuring a previously unseen letter discovered during the restoration work. Household Commotion’: Elizabeth Gaskell and the ‘awful treasure’ of her servants, 1832-1865, is a brand-new exhibition at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, created by volunteers with the support of Heritage Lottery Funding. This new interactive exhibition explores in detail some of the individual servants that worked for the Gaskell family including Hearn, Elizabeth’s faithful housekeeper, and Will Preston, the...