Elizabeth Gaskell’s House depends upon our brilliant team of volunteers to open to the public. We continually recruit new volunteers as we expand and develop. There are many opportunities for you to get involved, from helping in our tea room, talking to visitors in the period rooms, helping with school and community groups, maintaining our wonderful garden and other behind the scenes tasks.

It is a great opportunity to learn something new, develop an existing interest and meet new friends.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House prides itself on its unique experience – visitors are invited to touch, sit and make themselves at home. It is our volunteers who play a crucial role in providing this experience.

Find out more about the volunteers in our house, and the benefits of volunteering with us.

We are continually recruiting volunteers so do get in touch if you are interested.

You do not need to know anything about the house or Elizabeth Gaskell – all you need is enthusiasm and some spare time, be that weekly, monthly or even just helping out at occasional events.

  • Induction and full training will be provided as appropriate.
  • Travel expenses up to £5 reimbursed.
  • Training and volunteer support provided.
  • Join volunteer social events and trips our most recent was to the John Rylands Library


How to apply

If you are interested in volunteering please contact 0161 273 2215 or fill out the form below.


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

Elizabeth Gaskell 1863