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: International Women’s Day Banner Making

Celebrate International Women's Day 2024 and champion the achievements of women by joining our drop-in banner making workshop with renowned textile artist Dr. Sarah-Joy Ford. In this international women’s day special workshop you will be invited to make your own feminist textile banner inspired by the Elizabeth Gaskell’s feminist legacy in Manchester. We will be using heat bond applique, hand stitching and embellishment techniques and tassel making. All the materials will be provided and you will be able

: Online Course: Reading Childhood – Jane Eyre

What do you think of when you imagine Victorian children? Demure little things who are seen and not heard? This is certainly not true of the child characters of the great Victorian novelists. In Jane Eyre and David Copperfield, Charlotte Brontë and Charles Dickens show us how trauma can influence character development as well as spelling out the responsibilities adults have towards children. George Eliot and our own Elizabeth Gaskell give us rounded, observant and intelligent young girls in Maggie Tulliver

: 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

: Trailblazing Women Stitching Workshops

Join us for two free stitching workshops at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on Thursday 1 February & Thursday 8 February and help create a piece of textile art for International Women's Day. The Trailblazers! Women of Greater Manchester group will be using these workshops to celebrate the achievements of some of Manchester's great women - past and present. The resulting creations will be displayed in Manchester Central Library on Saturday 9 March. No experience is necessary. All materials and