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Reading the Nineteenth-Century Online: Bleak House

Join Sherry Ashworth for the latest in our perennially popular reading course – now online – to explore depictions of motherhood in the nineteenth-century novel. How was the mother seen in Victorian times? Was she a domestic angel, designed for this sacred role? What about the ‘fallen woman’ as mother?

To answer these questions and more, we’ll be reading a range of classic texts that shine a spotlight on motherhood in Victorian Britain.

Our third session will explore Charles Dickens’ Bleak House

The course is suitable for the general reader who wants to delve deeper into reading the nineteenth-century. Grab your books and hunker down for some early-Spring reading, and then join the session for a fun and informative closer look at the novel.

Readers will be encouraged to discuss the books during the Zoom sessions, under Sherry’s expert guidance. Numbers will be limited to allow an inclusive discussion with chance for all to take part.

This is a five-month course. You can come to as many of the sessions as suit your interests.


Tickets £10



Remaining dates:

  • April 14: Margaret Oliphant’s Hester
  • May 12: George Moore’s ‘Esther Waters’

***Please note: this is an online event. Links to join the Zoom session will be sent to you by email directly from Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on the day of the event. Ticket sales will cease the day before the event in order to give us time to send out joining details. Sometimes these emails are diverted to spam/junk folders in your email account, so please check those if you haven’t received yours. Thank you***

10th Mar 2021

7pm - 9pm


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

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1864