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The Gaskell Legacy

Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘bustling life’ filled 55 years of hectic energy as she combined the demands of a busy domestic life with those of a writer, achieving an international reputation that continues to this day.

In this latest exhibition you’ll learn more about Elizabeth as a wife, mother and author within the family home she lived in from 1850-1865.

The exhibition includes early editions of her works, showing the formats in which Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels first appeared, sometimes in volumes, sometimes serialised in magazines. The collection also details the three important collected editions of her works and early American editions of her works which were presented to the House by Walter E. Smith.

The exhibition highlights the  variety of editions of Gaskell works, from Edwardian fancy bindings to modern paperbacks, indicating how widely her work has been circulated.

The exhibition is included in your admission price.

3rd Jan
- 31st Mar 2018



A Large Cheerful, airy house, quite out of Manchester smoke.

Charlotte Brontë on visiting the House, 1851