Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

You can also help support Elizabeth Gaskell’s House by joining our Friends group.
Since 2004 The Friends group has been supporting the rescue and restoration of 84 Plymouth Grove and continues to play an active and vital role in raising money to maintain and develop the House and Garden. By becoming a Friend, you will be contributing towards the preservation of this important Manchester Literary Treasure for future generations to enjoy.

You can join the Friends for a minimum contribution of £10 per year
(£5 students/unwaged)

As a Friend of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, you can enjoy the following benefits:
• Regular newsletters.
• Priority notice of forthcoming events.
• The opportunity to attend Friends-only social events and meet like-minded people.
• The opportunity to volunteer and participate in the running of the House, the garden or special events.
• Supporting special projects and new displays.
• Learning and opportunities through talks and lectures.
• Visits to other historic buildings.
• Access to special interest groups – research group, conservation cleaning group.
• Sharing a love of Elizabeth Gaskell and her works.
• The opportunity to support the beautiful home of the Gaskells and ensure it continues to thrive.

The friends are members of the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust and are invited to the annual AGM.

Please consider joining The Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and becoming part of an enthusiastic team of people who are passionate about preserving one of Manchester’s Literary Treasures.
You can join the Friends for a minimum contribution of £10 per year
(£5 students/unwaged)

Download the application form

EGH Friends Application form

Or contact 0161 273 2215 or friends@elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Upcoming Friends’ Events

Friends members are given priority booking for these events. If there are any spare places available near to the time of the event, they are released to non-Friends.

Christmas Social, Saturday 30 November, 2pm

Get into the Christmas spirit at our Friends’ Christmas social at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

Enjoy mulled wine and homemade mince pies; and Christmas carols, as well as a chance to stock up on some lovely early Christmas gifts in our mini Christmas Fair.

Our now-legendary second-hand book sale will be open specially for the Friends’ Christmas social and we will have a selection of gifts made by our House Sewing Bee, tree decorations and a wide variety of other gifts.

If the shopping doesn’t tempt you, just come along and enjoy the atmosphere.

£5/£6.50 entry.  Book Tickets here.

The Poetry of Humble Life, Saturday 22 February 1 to 3.30pm

An Entertainment of Readings giving glimpses of working-class life from working-class poets with humble refreshments and a short background talk about the poets.

Don’t miss this frenzy of humour, pathos, mischief and anger!

Tickets now on sale to members.

Doors Open at 12.30,

1.00 introductory talk: Who were the poets?

1.30-2.15 Humble lunch.

2.15-3.15 The entertainment

Don’t miss this frenzy of humour, pathos, mischief and anger!

Tickets on sale to Friends members.

Piano recital in the Drawing Room by Claire Vane. Saturday 25 April

Claire will perform traditional classical pieces by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Schumann.

Tickets will be on sale early in 2020.

Friends’ Open Day, Sunday 7 June

Our Friends’ Open Days have proved so popular we plan to hold another on Sunday 7 June.

Past Friends’ Events

Florence Nightingale -An Illustrated Talk by Aled Jones

It was all about Florence Nightingale on Thursday October 3. Elizabeth Gaskell was a friend of Florence’s sister, Parthenope, and she was also acquainted with Florence. We have a lithograph of Florence in the Drawing Room which was given to Elizabeth by Parthenope and Anthony Burton gave us an insight into the background of this picture prior to the main talk.

After a supper of vegetable chilli, Aled Jones gave an in-depth talk exploring the woman behind the legend of Florence Nightingale – her background, her motives and her struggle to lead an independent life, her rise to fame as “the lady with the lamp” and her success in public health reforms.

July 2019. Visit to Brantwood House in Coniston – former home of John Ruskin.

June 2019. Friends’ Open Day. Talks and tours showcasing the latest objects and developments in the House and the Garden.

March 2019. “Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and Me – The Interior Restoration.” A talk and tour by Dorian Church, curator, about the interior refurbishment project at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

December 2018. “The Victorian Christmas.” Christmas Customs, Literature, Decorations and Christmas Carols, a lunch of Christmas Pie with trimmings and Tea with Twelfth Night cake and mince pies.

I think we shall be great friends. Mrs Hamley to Molly Gibson in Wives and Daughters

We've got a house...it certainly is a beauty...I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can.’

Elizabeth Gaskell, in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850.