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It’s 1851 – Cranford year for Gaskell fans!

On 13 December 1851. Our Society at Cranford is published in Charles Dickens magazine Household Words. The story begins the series which will later be collected as Cranford. Find out more in our new exhibition! The Gaskell family has been living at...

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Hopeless Romantic

As a wedding coordinator, you might expect me to be a hopeless romantic, and you’d be exactly right! I love all things wedding, I’m captivated by a good love story and I love nothing more than listening to how couples met and...

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Sir Squirrel Knutsford

As he curled round himself in his drey in the roof of a warm block of flats on Plymouth Grove, Squirrel Knutsford felt he lived a good life. Outside it was cold and snow still lay on the ground. But in his...

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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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Dodie Smith – another Manchester woman writer!

In the second of our Lockdown 2.0 blog series, I'm exploring the Manchester connections of Dodie Smith, who is probably best known as the author of One Hundred and One Dalmatians - released as an iconic animated film by Disney in 1961,...

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