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news : Your Holy Name Church

The Holy Name Church, on Oxford Road in Manchester, is a Grade 1 listed gothic revival building of 1869-71 by Joseph Hansom (10 minute walk from Elizabeth Gaskell's House). Built by the Jesuits, it served as a parish church to a local community of mainly Irish immigrant families until 1960 when the housing around the Church was cleared and the University took over the land. The Holy Name then became the Church of the University Catholic Chaplaincy, which...

news : Elizabeth Gaskell’s House wins National Lottery support to help attract more weddings and local businesses.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester is proud to announce it has been successful in securing a grant of £78,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. This resilience led heritage project will provide training for staff and volunteers, budget for advertising, and create two new roles within the staff team. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to help this historic house and visitor attraction achieve long-term sustainability, so that it can continue to...

news : Signed copy of Cranford Returns to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

A signed copy of Cranford once gifted by Elizabeth Gaskell to a friend has been returned to her Manchester home after over 110 years. Purchased by the Gaskell Society, this signed first edition is now on display in the author’s House, alongside the fascinating story of the book’s four owners. Despite Cranford being the most gentle, domestic and non-political of all Gaskell’s writing, research into the various owners of the volume reveals their involvement in important issues from...

news : Creating Successful Interiors: Interpretation, Audiences and Authenticity 

A one-day, interdisciplinary conference exploring how historic house museums present and interpret interior spaces for contemporary museum visitors, and what they might learn from other industries. Presented by Jane Austen’s House Museum in partnership with The Charleston Trust Monday 4 March, 2019 10:00am to 4:30pm £30 adults/£20 students Venue: Charleston, Firle, East Sussex Join us for an exciting day of talks and discussion, presented by two of the South East’s great house museums: Jane Austen’s House Museum and Charleston. Historic...

news : New community engagement programme

New community engagement programme explores the Life of Victorian servants at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is delighted to be working on a new collaborative project with the award-winning community arts organisation enJOY arts after being successful in their application to Arts Council England. This exciting new project follows on from the success of the recent exhibition ‘Household Commotion; Elizabeth Gaskell and the ‘awful treasure’ of her servants, 1832-1865’, and will see the creation of...