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


Keeping Books Alive

Late in 2021, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House received a grant from the Pilgrim Trust as part of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) Collections Remedial Conservation Grant Scheme. Such grants are specifically for small to medium sized museums to care for their collections...

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Book Labelling

As part of Elizabeth Gaskell's House’s work towards Museum Accreditation, a team of volunteers got together one Monday to allocate unique identifying numbers to the books in William Gaskell's study, with the aim of doing the whole collection eventually. Supervised by Jane,...

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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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