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Talk – The Travels of Cranford – cancelled

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Join us for a talk on the fascinating history of this first edition copy of Cranford – a signed copy once gifted by Elizabeth Gaskell to a friend, and which now has been returned to her Manchester home after more than 110 years. Purchased by the Gaskell Society, this signed first edition is now on display in the author’s House, alongside the fascinating story of the book’s four owners.

The book’s two bookplates and inscriptions, including a short note from Elizabeth’s daughter Meta in 1908, shows the book’s journey, from Eliza Shuttleworth, whose husband was one of the founders of the Manchester Guardian and a witness at Peterloo, through to the diplomat Sir Ernest John Ward Barnes, after whose death the book was sold via a bookseller in Brighton.

Please join us as Janet Allen recounts the incredible history of this rather special edition of the book, on Wednesday October 17 at 1pm. Included in admission.

Our special first edition copy of Cranford


The book is on permanent on display at the House. Available to see on any Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday 11am-4.30pm.

17th Oct 2019

1pm - 1.45pm


The interruptions of home life are never ending

Elizabeth Gaskell 1863