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: Summer Family Fun

Rain or shine, indoor or outdoor, we have a summer of trails and games for all the family when you visit Elizabeth Gaskell's House. Outdoor Fun & Games Explore our historic garden on the garden trail by scanning the QR codes to learn fun facts, play games, tell jokes and find out ways you can help to support wildlife and reduce your carbon emission at home. (We also have a paper version of the garden trail so don't

: MACFEST : Turkish Floral Art Workshop

Join us for an exciting Turkish/Ottoman illuminated floral arts workshop with Ashfia Ashrif, an artist and a student of Tehzip/ illumination.During the demonstration she will also speak about her journey as an artist and showcase some of her work. Introduced by: Fiona Fulton, Neighbourhood Engagement Officer. Tickets £5. Please note that booking for this event must be done via MACFEST Eventbrite page and that we cannot take bookings via the House.

: Stitching our own Stories

In this textile oral history workshop we will be focusing on sharing our connections, memories and involvement with Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. We will start the workshop with a small free writing workshop to get our ideas and memories flowing. Then we will move to the textiles portion of the workshop where you will each make your own quilt panel telling your personal story with the Elizabeth Gaskell's House. Each quilt square is a book panel, a space to

: Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Book Group Online

Our Book Group at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House focuses on reading (and re-reading) classic works of fiction that have stood the test of time. Thus the eleven celebrated novels on the 2023 reading list were all published between 1778 and 1962. They include eight examples of classic fiction by British writers from Frances  Burney (1778) to Elizabeth Bowen (1948), together with one distinguished novel from each of the literary traditions of Russia, Italy and the USA. The intention is

: Reading The Nineteenth-Century Online: Esther Waters

Join Sherry Ashworth for the last in our perennially popular reading course - now online - to explore depictions of motherhood in the nineteenth-century novel. In this session we'll be exploring George Moore's Esther Waters. Grab your book and hunker down for some absorbing spring-time reading, and then join the session for a fun and informative closer look at the text and the context of the novel. The course is suitable for the general reader who wants to