The Manchester home of Elizabeth Gaskell has been open to the public since October 2014, thanks to a major £2.5m restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and others. The House now relies on the income gained from admission fees, group visits, room hire, weddings held at the House and donations in order to cover running costs. We are also deeply indebted to our wonderful volunteer team who enable the House is be opened.
We aim to bring the Gaskell home to life as a part of Manchester’s community by;
Protecting and promoting the literary and cultural heritage of the House and its visitors; Celebrating the life and literature of Elizabeth Gaskell and her relevance today; Valuing and promoting the Gaskell family’s role in the history of Manchester and Ardwick; Being an educational and intellectual Hub, a place of learning and discovery; Supporting local groups, residents and schools to use and value the House and its heritage.
The Board of Trustees, staff and volunteer team at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House aim to;
Welcome visitors and volunteers of all backgrounds; Make every visitor and volunteer feel valued; Nurture a family and community feeling at the House; Be an inspirational place where people can learn and share their knowledge; Commit to sustainable business practices that reduce our impact on the environment; Embrace our Mancunian identity –be authentic and proud of being part of this great city.
In order for our unique historic house to remain open to the public we rely on the support of our enthusiastic volunteers, on donations from members of the public and the Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.
We welcome donations of any size to help us to continue to develop and restore this beautiful house.