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

Water Damage at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Unfortunately the House was victim to the storms that hit the country earlier this month, and the staff office and William's Study were affected by water damage over the weekend of the 8 and 9 July. Rain-related problems at the House always

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The Charm of Cataloguing

Having been given the privilege to catalogue pieces stored in the attic of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, many items caught my attention. These items have all been donated to the House and, although not originally owned by the family, they are all items

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What’s in the attic? Pope Joan

Currently a small group of volunteers lead by Katy (the House Assistant) are listing the items in the attic as part of the work being undertaken to reach the standards required for museum accreditation. I recently came across a circular board with

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One of my favourite things…

One of my favourite pieces in the House is the ceramic altarpiece, which hangs in the hall above the entrance to the drawing room. It can be easily missed and you probably get the best view of it from the half landing

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Children’s books in the Study

Although we call our lovely museum Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, it was of course a home to a family. The family was steeped in literature. Not only was Elizabeth a successful, published author, William also wrote poetry and hymns and taught English Literature

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