Gaskell House Blogs

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Our blog post cover everything that happens at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House from the stories discovered about objects and furnishings, to family connections and past residents. You can read about the garden and the plants we grow as well as the volunteering experience we offer to our brilliant team. The majority of the posts are written by volunteers.


Books in Translation

The United Kingdom is an insular country.  Which is a truism, I know, but I am not just thinking about its geography. Compared to other European countries we read far fewer books written originally in other languages. That is not only something...

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Elizabeth’s Bedroom Update

Despite the lock-down and closure of the House we are still on track to restore Elizabeth's bedroom this year, albeit a little later than we planned. Whilst the house was closed we continued with our fundraising, and aided by donations from several...

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Ferns in the study and in the garden

A group of our lovely volunteers has been cataloging all the books we have in William Gaskell's study and they have unearthed some gems! We have books from the library of Dorothy L Sayers, books signed by Charles Darwin's sister, we've found...

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An Elizabeth Gaskell staycation

For more than twenty years, Elizabeth Gaskell and her family spent summer holidays at Silverdale, a village on the coast of Morecambe Bay, often staying for four, five or six weeks at a time. Her letters regularly give details of their travel...

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Quiz – How Well Do You Know Elizabeth Gaskell’s House? Part 6

This six-part quiz will test your knowledge of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. We have five questions this week, as this is our final quiz. We hope you have enjoyed the quiz. The answers can all be found within our blogs and social media...

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