Elizabeth Gaskell, the author of Cranford and Mary Barton, was a native of Manchester, and her house is open to the public. Restored to its Regency era glory, it features many mementoes of Gaskell’s life and work and is one of of the city’s hidden gems. A new exhibition has opened, exploring people’s living memories of the house through local stories that bridge the gap between the house’s Victorian heritage and the modern day. To celebrate the launch of the exhibition, there will be special events. On Saturday (10 Sep), there will be a day of family activities which celebrate the 150th birthday of the children’s writer Beatrix Potter, who was linked to the Gaskell family. On Sunday (11 Sep), a community workshop will respond to people’s impressions of the house and bring local stories to life through storytelling and drama. The events are free and no booking is required.

Sat 10 – Sun 11 Sep, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LW, Tel: 0161 273 2215, 12.00pm – 4.00pm (Sat), 11.00am – 4.30pm (Sun), FREE, www.elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Sat 10 Sep - Sun 11 Sep
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Tue 6 Sep 2016