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Calligraphy Workshop

Learn the beautiful skill of writing with nib and ink in a bespoke calligraphy workshop at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. A wonderful opportunity to relax and let your creativity flow, in the splendidly-restored home of one of Manchester’s most famous writers.

You will be introduced to the elegant art of calligraphy by calligrapher and brush lettering artist Joyce Lee*, in the glorious Regency-style house in the heart of Manchester. With Joyce’s expert tuition, you’ll learn modern calligraphy techniques, and have the chance to pen a letter yourself during the three-hour workshop.

Workshop participants will have the whole house to themselves, for inspiration and contemplative work – from the beautiful garden to the book-lined Study, and the graceful Drawing Room to the Dining Room where Elizabeth Gaskell herself sat with quill pen and ink to pen her famous novels – and many letters.

Participants will be given a specially-curated calligraphy starter kit to keep, including nibs, nib holder, ink, letter writing supplies and notes. They will enjoy home-made cake and Elizabeth Gaskell’s House-blend tea or filter coffee in our tearoom, as part of the workshop.

The workshop will be held to celebrate the exhibition of the letter to Elizabeth Gaskell’s servant, Will Preston, found during renovations to the house in 2016, and will be the start of a project inviting people to write a letter and have it displayed as part of the exhibition.

The price of the workshop is £70 and includes a calligraphy starter kit (see above) and refreshments.

*Joyce Lee created the Elizabeth Gaskell artwork for the Women In Print exhibition in Manchester last year. The original artwork is on display in the tearoom at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. For more about Joyce see www.artsynibs.com


Fri 23rd Mar 1pm - 4pm

Event, Workshops

Plans are like a card-house-if one gives way, all the others come rattling about your head

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1864