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Online Event: “We’ve got a house…” Remaking Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

With John Williams

In 2014, 84 Plymouth Grove was transformed from a shell of student accommodation back into the beautiful Victorian family home it had been for novelist Elizabeth Gaskell and her family.

Join John Williams, Project Manager of the restoration, for this irreverent look behind the scenes as the house was brought to life. Find out about the meticulous research for original paint colours, chintz patterns, wood patterns, handwoven carpets and more – all in the house where literary classics Cranford, Ruth, North and South and Wives and Daughters were written.

Discover contemporary images and find out more about the Gaskell family.

These talks are always really good: they feel friendly, relaxed and intimate, whilst being intellectually stimulating.” Visitor to online events

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is run by Manchester Historic Buildings Trust (charity no. 1080606) and all money gained through private tours, talks, room hire and ticket sales goes towards the ongoing maintenance and running costs of the house. If you would like to support the house with an additional donation you can do so via this link.

27th Apr 2022

7pm - 8pm

Plans are like a card-house-if one gives way, all the others come rattling about your head

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1864