Elizabeth Gaskell, the author of Mary Barton and Cranford, was a Manchester resident for most of her adult life – and the house she lived in during her later years is now a Grade II listed building and museum. The venue will start to welcome back visitors from next Wednesday, and it’s set to be an extra special occasion, as the public will now be able to view Gaskell’s bedroom.
Following a successful fundraising campaign, a renovation project was launched last year. The small volunteer team at the venue undertook extensive research into what the bedroom would have looked like, and sourced authentic furniture and textiles. Despite the challenges of the lockdown, they were able to recreate it in all its Victorian glory.
Prized items of clothing belonging to Elizabeth and her daughters – on loan from the family collection – will also be on display. Tickets can be booked up to two weeks in advance via the link below ahead of the reopening of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on Wednesday 19 May.
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- A. James Simpkin
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- Fri 14 May 2021