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.


Literary detectives and Cranford

Over the last few months, a team of our lovely volunteers has been cataloguing all the books we have in the House, and particularly those in William's study. Now this rather huge job is done, they have been identifying the gaps in...

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Work Experience

Hello, I’m George Parker-Conway, I’m an artist based in Manchester. I have been doing some work experience with Elizabeth Gaskell’s House online via Zoom facilitated by Venture Arts. I have found having sessions with Sally at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House for the past...

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What’s done is Donne.

Why buy Donne? A number of “new” 19th Century volumes have recently been bought to add to the collection of books at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Over the years of restoration, books have been bought and donated to try to reflect the collection...

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s February reading list

In February 1855, Elizabeth Gaskell was in Paris with Meta, and staying with her friend Mary Mohl. It wasn't only a social visit - she writes to Marianne 'Monday I had to go to Mme Scheffer's to see her about business (;)...

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Hopeless Romantic

As a wedding coordinator, you might expect me to be a hopeless romantic, and you’d be exactly right! I love all things wedding, I’m captivated by a good love story and I love nothing more than listening to how couples met and...

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