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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...

news : Introducing Cranford

Elizabeth Gaskell's House is delighted to introduce Cranford, our new (imaginary) House cat and star of our new Children's Trail, created by one of our volunteers, Rebecca Heselton. Rebecca is a graphic designer and illustrator currently based in Manchester. "After graduating last year from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in Fine Art and Art History, I went on to study Graphic Design for three months at Shillington College, Manchester. I first became involved with the Elizabeth...

news : International Womens Day 2018

8 March 2018 -International Women's Day - saw the Manchester renamed as 'Womanchester' for the day and at Elizabeth Gaskell's House we encouraged visitors to have a go at calligraphy with artists Joyce Lee; listen and debate with Dr Diane Duffy (one of our volunteers) in the drawing Room about whether Elizabeth Gaskell was a feminist; and finally our Sewing Bee ladies met in the Servant's Hall for their usual weekly sew-together and to celebrate the last day...