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.


Social Media Read-along North And South

In an effort to stay positive and to encourage virtual social interaction we are going to coordinate a social media read-along of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel, North and South, via our Twitter and Facebook social media platforms. Since our beloved literary house is...

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The Old Nurse’s Story – a dramatized reading

A group of Elizabeth Gaskell's House volunteers got together at the end of last year to start rehearsing a dramatization of Elizabeth Gaskell’s short story The Old Nurse’s Story, first published in 1852 in a collection under the same title. Dr Diane...

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DisCOVERies in Bookbinding

Last Monday, 17th Feb, a few volunteers who have been involved in restoring and repairing the house’s books, met to decide which tasks we should tackle next. During the morning we found a number of books where the spine was damaged so...

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Volunteering as a student

I knew that I was interested in volunteering during my time at the University of Manchester, so during my first week I went to the volunteering fair to meet representatives from organisations across the city. When I heard about Elizabeth Gaskell’s House...

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Sketching Elizabeth Gaskell House with Liz Ackerley

Fourteen of us,including three House volunteers, we’re lucky enough to spend a day in the beautiful calm setting of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, sketching and watercolouring. We began in the servants hall, meeting Liz Ackerley, an accomplished urban sketcher to start learning a...

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