Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

You can also help support Elizabeth Gaskell’s House by joining our Friends group.
Since 2004 The Friends group has been supporting the rescue and restoration of 84 Plymouth Grove and continues to play an active and vital 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.

As a Friend of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, you can enjoy the following benefits:
• Free entry to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House for one year.
• Regular newsletter.
• Priority notice of forthcoming events.
• The opportunity to attend Friends-only social events and meet like-minded people.
• The opportunity to volunteer and participate in the running of the House, the garden or special events.
• Supporting special projects and new displays.
• Learning and opportunities through talks and lectures.
• Visits to other historic buildings.
• Access to special interest groups – research group, conservation cleaning group.
• Sharing a love of Elizabeth Gaskell and her works.
• The opportunity to support the beautiful home of the Gaskells and ensure it continues to thrive.

The friends are members of the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust and are invited to the annual AGM.

Friends Open Day.
Sunday 2 June 11.30am to 4pm
A day of talks and events showcasing the latest objects in the House and Garden. If you are thinking about joining The Friends this is an opportunity to meet some of the members and the committee and to see what we do.

  • See the new books and exciting recent discoveries made by the study book project, in the study – 11.30am.
  • One of our garden team will talk about and take a tour around the garden – 12 noon.
  • Learn about some of the portraits, including a new photograph of William Gaskell and hear the story of the altarpiece bought in Italy by the Gaskell daughters – 2.15 and 3.30 pm.
  • Listen to cello music in the Drawing Room – 1.30 and 2.30pm.
  • Hear the fascinating story of Margaret Gaskell, William Gaskell’s mother, as told in a “Pen Portrait” ten-minute monologue in the Dining Room – 3pm.
  • See the Manchester Quilt and the work of our Sewing Bee.

Email us for further details

Visit to Brantwood House, Coniston (former home of John Ruskin).
Tuesday 2 July
2019 is the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth. Brantwood House is filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures.

Florence Nightingale – An Illustrated Talk by Aled Jones
Thursday 3 October 7.30pm
Find out about the real person behind the well-known legend. Includes supper at 6.30, with the talk from 7.30 to 8.30pm.

Please consider joining The Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and becoming part of an enthusiastic team of people who are passionate about preserving one of Manchester’s Literary Treasures.
You can join the Friends for a minimum contribution of £15 per year
(£5 students/volunteers/unwaged)

Download the membership application form

Or contact 0161 273 2215 or

I think we shall be great friends. Mrs Hamley to Molly Gibson in Wives and Daughters

A Large Cheerful, airy house, quite out of Manchester smoke.

Charlotte Brontë on visiting the House, 1851