It has always been our ambition to restore Elizabeth's bedroom and we are excited to announce that plans are now in progress to make this happen.
The process of refurbishing the bedroom and redeveloping our first floor (we will also be installing a timeline and family tree) will see our incredible volunteer team contributing around 89 days of their time worth just over £9000. Our award-winning volunteers will lead and support; research, purchasing, installation, marketing, family activities, tour guiding and training for this project.
Our amazing volunteers will also benefit from being able to use, develop and learn skills including research, curatorial, interpretation and conservation cleaning. For many of our younger volunteers this would give them valuable skills for their careers. And of course, this new development will help generate income that would greatly contribute to the House's future sustainability.
The Manchester company Little Greene, who specialise in historic wallpaper designs and paint colours, are our first project sponsor and will be supplying the wallpaper and paint for the room. Which gives us a fantastic start. We do however need your help to purchase items of furniture such a bed, a wardrobe and a Cheval mirror. We will need to buy and install a fireplace, change the electrics and purchase window drapes. And for all this we need approximately £10,000.
We will be sharing details soon about larger sponsorship opportunities for individual items but if you feel you would like to make a donation to support this project (however small) you can do so via this website.
Please note this platform is used for all our online fundraising which for next few months will be focused on our 're imagining Elizabeth Gaskell's bedroom' project.