Blogs & News

news : Manchester Quilt Mini Exhibition

The Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Sewing Bee are delighted to present their Manchester Quilt in this temporary exhibition running until 5 March 2018. The quilt, made for Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, is based on a bedcover from the 1860s called the Manchester Quilt. The design is traditional and is called Grandmother’s Flower Garden, consisting of over 2,000 hexagonal patchwork pieces. The bedcover at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House has been made by a group of volunteers including Margo Singer, Eileen Owen, Christina...

news : Tell us what you think about our garden

**** This survey has now closed**** We are looking at ideas to develop and improve the garden at Elizabeth Gaskell's House and would like to get input from our visitors. Today, the garden has been planted to show the sort of garden that the Gaskells enjoyed. The choice of plants has been informed by references in Elizabeth’s letters and novels, as well as by Victorian garden history.  The garden is intended to give as much enjoyment today as...

news : New Crafternoon Teas at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

NEW for 2018 - Join us for a Thursday Crafternoon Tea workshop, 1.30– 4pm.  Learn a new crafting skills and take home a lovely hand-made creation. 15 March - Cotton Patchwork Lavender Bags Make a Suffolk puff patchwork lavender bag from scraps of floral cotton and decorate with beads and embroidery. 19 April - Victorian Crazy Patchwork in Silk Learn the technique of Victorian-style Crazy Patchwork using vibrant silk materials, and embellish with embroidery. 17 May - Crochet Traditional...

news : What’s New in 2018

Manchester’s literary landmark, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, will offer visitors a wealth of new cultural treats in 2018.  As Manchester celebrates its UNESCO City of Literature status, the beautifully-restored home of one of its finest and most famous Victorian writers has some treats in store, including the exhibition of a letter to one of Elizabeth Gaskell’s servants, discovered in the attic during restoration work last year, and the debut in the house of an impressive Italian artwork in the...

news : Working with Ed Lab at MMU

At the end of 2017 we began working with a group of students from the EdLab (School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies) at Manchester Metropolitan University in order to  develop the houses's resources and activities for when children visit with their families, or on school trips. We asked the students to develop  a number of resources including self-guided activities that will engage children and their families and help them to learn about the house, Elizabeth’s literature and...