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

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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And We’ve Got a House. Yes! We really have.’

So writes Elizabeth in April 1850 about 42 Plymouth Grove, the house that was to become the Gaskell’s family home for the next 63 years.  Over the years, our visitors have shown a great deal of interest in this building and the...

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A Room of His Own

While re-reading Carolyn Lambert’s book The Meaning of Home in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Fiction (2013), I noticed a sentence that had previously escaped my attention which began: ‘William had bookshelves built to his own design’ (p. 34). As you can imagine I was...

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