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Music Conquers All

It was a hugely entertaining afternoon at St Ann's Church on Saturday afternoon when Herizons, a creative group of women based at Elizabeth Gaskell House with enJOY Arts, performed a musical drama telling the story of the Northern School of Music, 1920-1972....

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Elizabeth Stevenson – becoming a wife…

On September 30,1832 Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson married William Gaskell at St Johns Parish Church in Knutsford. It's likely she met him in the autumn of 1831 when she visited Manchester with Ann Turner, the daughter of William Turner, the highly respected Unitarian...

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It’s 1853 in our time line series!

It's a hugely busy year for Elizabeth Gaskell! On January 10, Ruth - perhaps Gaskell's most controversial novel - is published. Frankly confronting Victorian attitudes to seduction and illegitimacy, it was never going to have an easy reception - it was a...

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Visiting the Manchester Jewish Museum

Like Elizabeth Gaskell's House, the Manchester Jewish Museum is one of Manchester's smaller, and perhaps less well known, heritage gems which work collaboratively as the Hidden 8 - though with the recent addition of Manchester Histories, the 8 has become 9! I'm...

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Sarah Losh and the church at Wreay

On a week’s holiday in Northern Cumbria recently, I was able to visit the little village of Wreay  (pronounced to rhyme with near) just south of Carlisle and within earshot of the M6. Sitting at the heart of a tiny village is...

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