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Women in Textiles Study Day – The Gaskell Society

This Study Day run by The Gaskell Society will consist of a series of illustrated talks alongside examples of beautiful historic and contemporary textiles to view.

A chance to see the replica Bronte quilt and the Manchester Quilt made for Elizabeth Gaskell House by a group of volunteers.

The talks will include:

Dr Deborah Wynne – Elizabeth Gaskell’s cotton novels.

This talk will explore Gaskell’s literary engagement with the cotton industry and the women workers. She will also discuss slaves who picked cotton in the US and Gaskell’s abolitionist stance.

Sarah Williamson –  The new Bronte Quilt.

The talk will illustrate how Sarah was inspired to research and recreate a contemporary version of the Bronte Quilt helped by a group of Quilting friends.

Margo Singer – The Manchester Quilt made by volunteers at Elizabeth Gaskell House.

Dr Brenda King – The women of the Leek Embroidery Society.

The talk will explore the exquisite embroidery produced by Elizabeth Wardle and the women in the Leek Embroidery Society who became internationally recognized by their work with leading architects of the late 19th century.


To book please send a cheque for £30 payable to the Gaskell Society to: Carolyn McCreesh,33 Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, WA16 6AW or Carolyn McCreesh,  33 Mereheath Lane,  Knutsford,  WA16 6AW

Please note this event is being organise by the Gaskell Society so bookings cannot be made via the House or website. 


5th May 2018

10.30am - 3.30pm


New cooks always want their own peculiar little odds & ends for cookery

Elizabeth Gaskell 1863