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Book Restoration Project gets started with AIM Collections Care Grant

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23rd November 2021
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Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is to received funding from the Pilgrim Trust as part of the AIM Collections Remedial Conservation Grant Scheme to repair eight books from its collection.

This project seeks to repair several important books in the collection which currently cannot be accessed by the public in their current state. These books were donated or purchased by the House and mostly have broken/damaged spines and loose pages. The books are;

1. Cousin Phyllis by Elizabeth Gaskell,1855 – first edition
2. Sharpe’s London magazine, Vol 21-22, 1850s
3. Bleak House by Charles Dickens, First edition, 1853
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, 1885 edition
5. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, rare edition (first edition published in Germany)
6. Historical Studies of Church Building in the Middle Ages by Charles Eliot Norton, NY Bookseller sticker, 1880
7. Lectures in Art, By John Ruskin, 1875
8. Battle of Waterloo, printed in Manchester in 1816 – rare edition

The books will be repaired in the next few months and will then go on display as part of permanent and temporary displays.

A Large Cheerful, airy house, quite out of Manchester smoke.

Charlotte Brontë on visiting the House, 1851