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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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Visiting the Manchester Jewish Museum

Like Elizabeth Gaskell's House, the Manchester Jewish Museum is one of Manchester's smaller, and perhaps less well known, heritage gems which work collaboratively as the Hidden 8 - though with the recent addition of Manchester Histories, the 8 has become 9! I'm...

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Sarah Losh and the church at Wreay

On a week’s holiday in Northern Cumbria recently, I was able to visit the little village of Wreay  (pronounced to rhyme with near) just south of Carlisle and within earshot of the M6. Sitting at the heart of a tiny village is...

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My life with Lily – Mrs Gaskell, Cheshire, Manchester and me

I was born in Sale, which was then in Cheshire and is now in Greater Manchester. My socially aspirant family would get annoyed with me when, for convenience's sake, I would introduce myself to strangers as being from Manchester: ' no dear,...

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