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House Restoration Season

10th November 2021
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Spring into action in 2022 with a new season of events exploring the restoration of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. We take a look behind the scenes at the specialist skills, knowledge and design work used to bring the house back to life. Look out for further events on Victorian style and colour coming soon! All online unless otherwise stated.

‘We’ve got a House…’ Remaking Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Wed 27th April, 7-8pm

In 2014, 84 Plymouth Grove was transformed from a shell of student accommodation back into the beautiful Victorian family home it had been for novelist Elizabeth Gaskell and her family.

Join John Williams, Project Manager of the restoration, for this irreverent look behind the scenes as the house was brought to life. Find out about the meticulous research for original paint colours, chintz patterns, wood patterns, handwoven carpets and more – all in the house where literary classics Cranford, Ruth, North and South and Wives and Daughters were written. Afterall, who could resist some stunning Before and After pictures?

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Changing Rooms: Restoring Elizabeth Gaskell’s Bedroom

Wed 25th May, 7-8pm

A special look behind the scenes at the restoration of Elizabeth Gaskell’s bedroom back to its former glory. Join Jane Baxter to discover how Elizabeth’s bedroom was recreated taking inspiration from letters and novels and using historical evidence for the transformation, from room layout to Victorian chintz patterns and favourite styles. This intriguing talk explores the process of restoration and how the team showcased something of the private life of the woman behind classic novels such as North and South. With Jane Baxter.

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Plans are like a card-house-if one gives way, all the others come rattling about your head

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1864