Exhibition, Heritage, Literature
A Tale of Manchester Life – Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester at Elizabeth Gaskell's House
A Tale of Manchester Life – Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
2nd April 2023 – 2nd April 2024
A new exhibition exploring how Elizabeth Gaskell presented Manchester and its people through her novels and short stories, and the impact she had through her writing. Gaskell was a true radical of her time, but as a woman the influence and importance of her writing has not been recognised by history in the way that it has for her contemporaries such as Charles Dickens.
Gaskell’s writings about the industrial North made a huge impression to her contemporaries, not just for the choice of subject matter, but for the painstaking detail that she went into in classic novels such as Mary Barton and North And South. Her use of detailed descriptions and Lancashire dialect gives us a window into her world but she didn’t just write about poverty, class divide and inequality, she was an active citizen that wanted to see change.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House has received funding from Art Fund with some match funding from Museum Development North West. The Recovery & Reset grants have been made possible through Museum Development UK’s continued partnership with Art Fund.