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

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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Digitised Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Dickens letters now available to read online

Thanks to popular demand, and time afforded to staff during lockdown, the John Rylands Library (owned and operated by the University of Manchester) has just announced that they have created a new image viewer that makes their Elizabeth Gaskell collection of letters...

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Behind Closed Doors

We are pleased to report that, despite another lockdown, our restoration of Elizabeth’s bedroom has been gathering pace behind the scenes and we have now acquired many of the items of furniture on our shopping list. We know the original four-poster bed...

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Needle in a Haystack?

An intriguing entry in the Sale Catalogue of items auctioned from Elizabeth Gaskell’s House back in 1914 says  “Presentation Copy from Rev W. Gaskell to Mrs Gaskell, 22nd Nov. 1852”. This inscription was inside an edition of Alfred Tennyson’s Ode on the...

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