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Read more about the stories and people behind the objects and furnishings in our collection at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.


Nasmyth Painting Comes Home

We know that the Gaskells hung a painting - River Landscape with Ruined Castle - by the Scottish artist Alexander Nasmyth above the fireplace in the drawing room at Plymouth Grove. Until October 13, 2021, we had a copy of the painting...

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Elizabeth Gaskell and John Forster: Unitarians, friends and correspondents

London 1849. It is the evening of Saturday, 12 May, and after a visit packed full with social engagements, Elizabeth Gaskell accompanied by her cousin Mary Holland, will dress and go to dine with Charles Dickens at Devonshire Terrace. He is hosting...

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And so, to bed…

The excitement is building within the bedroom team at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House as we are now well on the way to finishing the restoration of Elizabeth’s bedroom. If you have visited Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, you will have seen our beautiful carpets in...

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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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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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