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Day in the Life of a Volunteer

Ellie opening the shutters in the study I started volunteering at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House a year ago and I have loved getting to know the rich history of the Gaskell family and the House. I started volunteering because I'm interested in gender...

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A Visit to the Parsonage

On 15 July 2022 I visited the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth. The visit had been planned back in June after a visit from Anne Spiers, a volunteer at the Parsonage, to Elizabeth Gaskell's House. I was particularly excited to be given...

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NEW Gaskell Garden Trail

‘Every Plant that Peeps up is a Treasure’ wrote Elizabeth Gaskell about her garden in Manchester and this summer we are taking families out into the garden to discover these treasures for themselves with a brand new digital and paper-based trail. This new Family...

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Discovering connections: Gaskells and Martineaus…

When we were creating Elizabeth Gaskell's bedroom in 2020, we had a number of very generous donations from friends and supporters of the House. One of these was two lovely watercolours by an artist called Helen Thornycroft: one a portrait of her...

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Pergola covered in white roses at Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Our Glorious Pergola is Repaired

With support from the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund we have been able to carry out urgent repairs to our beautiful pergola in time for the summer. Since 2020 the traditional rustic timber poles from which the pergola is constructed have rotted...

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