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Online Talk: The Season of Giving? Christmas in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Time

Celebrate the season of goodwill with a festive look at Victorian Christmas for those a little less able to afford a fat goose for their table. This special Christmas lecture looks at attitudes to the poor and working classes, from literature like A Christmas Carol to the reality of Victorian Manchester.

There was a distinct tradition in England of sparing a thought for the poor at Christmastide. How did this work out in a harsh industrial place like Manchester? And how did writer Elizabeth Gaskell show some seasonal spirit towards those less well off in her city? Anthony Burton explains all in this online talk about Victorian Christmas.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House in snow

So spread a little Christmas cheer, sit back with a mince pie and enjoy from the comfort of your own home. The perfect way to start your festive season!

The talk will be approx 45 mins long, with time for a short question session afterwards.

Fascinating and informative and very well researched.’ Visitor to previous event

Wednesday 4 December, 7-8pm

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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.

4th Dec 2024

7pm - 8pm

Talk, Talks

The guides brought the home alive. It was inspiring to hear about this woman and extraordinary family

Visitor to the House in 2021