The Gaskell Society

The Gaskell Society are devoted to the study and appreciation of the life and work of Elizabeth Gaskell. It has regional branches in Manchester, Knutsford, London & South East, and the South West of England. Many members of the Gaskell Society were involved in the campaign to restore Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and continue to support the house.

They hold several events a year, including meetings, trips and socials and host a biannual conference. They also publish a regular newsletter and an annual journal of academic Gaskell studies.

They are a mixed group – united in their admiration of Elizabeth Gaskell’s spirit and work. If you have enjoyed your visit to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and have been inspired to find out more about this extraordinary woman, her life and her work, you may consider joining the society!

For full details see the society website.


The Gaskell Society is pleased to announce the first talk in the Autumn/Winter series of Lunchtime Talks at Cross Street Chapel.

“Great Pan is Dead”
On the life and death of Branwell Bronte.

Gaskell might have been ironic in casting Branwell as Pan and his sisters as the Furies, but there is something genuinely tragic, if not heroic, about Branwell’s particular journey.

In this talk, Sue Newby, Learning Officer at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, explores the place of Branwell Brontë, both as the brother to sisters of genius, and as the archetypal, mythologised ‘black sheep’ of the family.

Tuesday 3 October 1pm – 2pm
Cross Street Chapel

All welcome – £3 members, £4 non-members. Tea/Coffee available. You’re welcome to bring your own lunchtime sandwiches!

To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood…

Wives and Daughters