Exhibition opens showcasing Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is set to host a new exhibition that explores the impact of the author’s writing on her home city of Manchester, from the Victorian era to the present day.

Tales of Manchester Life – Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester is scheduled to open its doors to the public on Sunday 2 April 2023 and will run until April 2024.

The exhibition marks the first time that Elizabeth Gaskell’s House has delved into how the writer represented her hometown in her novels.

Gaskell’s writing showcased the contrast between the city’s thriving industrial sector and the cramped living conditions of its working-class residents.

Her work was praised for its accuracy and was known to have “pricked the conscience of the nation”.

However, as a woman, her influence and importance as a writer have not been given the same recognition as her contemporaries, such as Charles Dickens.

Tales of Manchester Life will provide an insight into the world of Victorian Manchester and Gaskell’s unique voice.

The exhibition will feature interactive elements and a map highlighting key locations in Victorian Manchester that inspired the author.

Sally Jastrzebski-Lloyd, Director of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, says, “Visitors to Tales of Manchester Life will enjoy a fascinating insight into the mind of Elizabeth Gaskell, the world of Victorian Manchester and why her novels continue to make sure a powerful contribution. “She had the skill not only to entertain the reader, but through fascinating detail and incredible observations, she has given us a unique window through to the past.”

The research for the exhibition was carried out by a team of volunteers who support Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

Tales of Manchester Life – Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester has received funding from Art Fund and Museum Development North West.

The exhibition will be included in the entry price to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, which is open every Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:30pm.

Entry costs £7.00 for adults and is free for children under 16 when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are valid for 12 months from purchase and can be pre-booked via www.ticketsource.co.uk/elizabeth-gaskell-house. For more information, visit www.elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk.


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