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“We've got a house…it certainly is a beauty...I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can.”
Elizabeth Gaskell in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester will reopen to the public on 5 October 2014 after a lengthy £2.5 million renovation of the building. It will be a centre for the understanding of the cultural and literary heritage of Elizabeth Gaskell and her family as well as complementing Manchester's social and political history already richly documented in the city.
The subject matter in Elizabeth Gaskell’s books is as relevant today as it was in the 19th century and still familiar to the public, with her most popular novels regularly broadcast on television and radio. She lived in the house at 84 Plymouth Grove from 1850 until her death in 1865. She wrote her well-known novels Cranford (1853), Ruth (1853), North and South (1855) and the unfinished Wives and Daughters during that time. Visitors to the house included Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, John Ruskin, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Today’s visitors will have the chance to sit in William Gaskell’s study or linger in the dining room where Elizabeth frequently wrote.
We are pleased to announce that our full range of Elizabeth Gaskell titles will be available to buy in the gift store.
For more information, visit www.elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk