Volunteering

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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Volunteer stories – how I came to know Mrs Gaskell

About six years ago, during a purposeless and ill-informed visit to Mrs Gaskell's House, I was spotted by an astute manager and asked to become a volunteer. Since she treated me to tea - with a china cup and my own milk...

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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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Music Conquers All

It was a hugely entertaining afternoon at St Ann's Church on Saturday afternoon when Herizons, a creative group of women based at Elizabeth Gaskell House with enJOY Arts, performed a musical drama telling the story of the Northern School of Music, 1920-1972....

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It’s 1853 in our time line series!

It's a hugely busy year for Elizabeth Gaskell! On January 10, Ruth - perhaps Gaskell's most controversial novel - is published. Frankly confronting Victorian attitudes to seduction and illegitimacy, it was never going to have an easy reception - it was a...

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