Blogs & News

news : Manchester is an UNESCO City of Literature

We were very excited to get the news this week that Manchester has been successful in a bid to join the UNESCO Creative Cities network as a City of Literature. Manchester, which built the UK’s first public lending library and gave the world the work of great writers including, our very own, Elizabeth Gaskell and Anthony Burgess, will join cities including Baghdad, Dublin, Barcelona, Prague, Melbourne, and Reykjavik in the global network. Manchester’s successful bid was coordinated by...

news : New Creative Writing Group Leader

We are very excited to introduce a new leader for our monthly Plymouth Grove Writing Group; the writer and Anne Brontë expert, Nick Holland. Nick will be leading our monthly group which meets every fourth Thursday of the month (2-3pm) and is looking forward to be inspired by both the house and the group itself. His first group session will meet on Thursday 26 November. "It is a great honour for me to teach creative writing in the...

news : New merchandise on sale

After months of planning and design our new Elizabeth Gaskell House merchandise is all in stock and available to buy from the Tea Room. I am afraid we must do some shopping Elizabeth Gaskell, 1863 the new range includes a tote bag featuring the quote above, tea towel, two types of fridge magnet (one featuring an image by @LizsScribbles) , branded pencils and quill feather pens, postcards, X-stitch style cards from @8bitnortherner , Elizabeth Gaskell House blend of tea from...

news : New Xstitch inspired cards now on sale

We are very excited to reveal the following three new card designs from 8bitnorthxstitch which are now available to buy when you visit Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Commissioned exclusively for Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and designed by self-confessed serial cross stitcher Michelle (@8bitnortherner) these new cards are on sale for £3 each and feature Elizabeth Gaskell, her novels and some of the Gaskell family’s most famous friends. Michelle was very enthusiastic about the commission “I was really excited to be...

news : Herizons go ‘Live at Lyme’!

Fancy something to look forward to as the nights draw in and the leaves begin to fall? How about a very special performance at National Trust’s Lyme Park by our Herizons Creative Women’s Group? Legends of Lyme is an innovative devised piece, exploring the untold stories of women from Lyme’s Regency Era through drama and music: Meet Sarah Glave, the mother to Lyme’s illegitmate heir; Ellen Turner, the young woman at the heart of an abduction scandal; Ellen Jane Legh,...