Get Involved

If you would like to get more involved, helping us to preserve and celebrate the heritage of Elizabeth Gaskell and her house, you can do so in a number of ways;


We depend upon our brilliant team of volunteers to open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays  as well as for weddings and events on other days. From ticket sales and tea room roles to room stewarding, gardening and tour guiding we are always looking for volunteers to join our family of volunteers. Click here for more information 

Join the Friends Group

Since 2004 the Friends group has played an active role in raising money to maintain and develop the House and Garden. By becoming a Friend, you will be contributing towards the preservation of this important Manchester Literary Treasure for future generations to enjoy. You can join the Friends for a minimum contribution of £10 per year. For more information and to join online

Join the Board of Trustees

We look for new Trustees to join the Board who have the skills, knowledge, experience, and commitment to help the organisation to build on its achievements, continue to meet its objectives and provide a sustainable future. For more information.

Make a donation

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have recently restored Elizabeth’s bedroom for visitors to experience. Our next restoration project will be the re-creation of the conservatory to connect our beautiful gardens with the House. By donating to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, you can be part of our incredible story. We welcome donations of any size to help us to continue to develop and restore this beautifully house. Find out more and donate

Thank you for your support and interest in the House



Mr Thornton is coming to tea

North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell