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 Events for 2019

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and Me – The Interior Restoration. Curator Talk.
Saturday 30 March at 2.30pm.
An illustrated talk about the interior refurbishment of the House by Dorian Church, the curator, with a guided walk around the rooms. Followed by a Cream Tea. SOLD OUT

The Sound of Servants – The Musical!
Saturday 27 April at 2pm.
An exclusive performance for Friends members of the musical, telling the stories of servants who worked at the House, bringing them to life through drama and original songs. Followed by tea and cake.

Friends Open Day.
Sunday 2 June 
A day of talks and events showcasing the latest objects in the House and Garden.

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.

The Life and Times of Florence Nightingale.  A Talk by Aled Jones
Thursday 3 October 7.30pm
Further details TBC

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

The interruptions of home life are never ending

Elizabeth Gaskell 1863