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.

 


Just Richmal Crompton!

My grand plan was to feature Mrs Linnaeus Banks as the fourth Manchester woman writer in our Lockdown 2.0 series but I'm over-excited to find out that Richmal Crompton was born and brought up in Bury! I've moved Mrs Linnaeus Banks into...

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Showcasing Shelagh Delaney

Sheila Mary Delaney was born on 25 November 1938 and was brought up in Salford, the proud granddaughter of Irish emigrants, which is perhaps one of the reasons why she changed the spelling of her first name to Shelagh in her teens,...

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An invitation to Chapel…

A group of Elizabeth Gaskell House volunteers and trustees were lucky enough to be treated to a Zoom talk by Reverend Cody Coyne, the current minister at Cross Street Chapel, during the second lockdown. Cross Street Chapel was founded in 1694 as...

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Dodie Smith – another Manchester woman writer!

In the second of our Lockdown 2.0 blog series, I'm exploring the Manchester connections of Dodie Smith, who is probably best known as the author of One Hundred and One Dalmatians - released as an iconic animated film by Disney in 1961,...

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Frances Hodgson Burnett – women writers of Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskell is, of course, one of the most famous of Manchester's women writers but the city can boast of many others! In this blog series for Lockdown 2.0, lets celebrate four of them, focusing first on Frances Hodgson Burnett. And why's...

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