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

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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Book Group Tours

A group of eleven of us came on a book club outing to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House one November evening.The house itself and volunteers Louanne and Jane gave us a warm welcome in from the cold evening air. We chatted in the cheerful...

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“Will you walk into my parlour?”

One of Elizabeth Gaskell's close friends was fellow writer Mary Howitt (1799-1888). Both she and her husband William were key figures in Elizabeth's early writing career.  She had written to them in 1838 with an account of a visit by her to...

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Old books: New Skills for the volunteers

At Elizabeth Gaskell’s House we have quite a collection of old books. Our oldest date back to the  17th & 18th Century, most are 19th Century. The collection was begun through purchases during the restoration of the house and has been supplemented...

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Soaking up the Atmosphere – Observational drawing with TLC St Lukes

As part of our Ruskin Sharing heritage project local community group TLC St Lukes are delivering a multi-media observational project in partnership with their Breathing Spaces Project. The group returned again to Elizabeth Gaskell's House last week for the third in the series...

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