Meetings & Events
The Gaskell Conference
Stratford–upon-Avon 19 to 22 July 2013
Our conference this year will be held at Stratford Manor Hotel (a Q Hotel similar to Norton Park used for 2011 Conference venue.) Stratford Manor is situated three miles from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon.
The general theme for the conference is “Elizabeth Gaskell and Education”. Morning lectures will be followed by afternoon outings possibly to Barford, to the site of Avonbank, and to houses owned by the Holland family which were visited by Elizabeth Gaskell. We shall probably visit the town of Stratford-upon-Avon and trace Shakespeare locations and connections. Evening entertainment will be provided.
The cost, per person, for the conference is £330 for a single room and £285 for a twin room. Day rates are available on application.
A coach will travel from the North-west at an extra cost of £30-£40, depending on numbers, with pick up points in Manchester, Macclesfield and Knutsford.
A deposit of £75 needs to be sent to Christine Lingard, Membership Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 March 2013
Non-UK members may make a single payment at the conference.
To be announced.
North West Group
Gaskell Society Meetings at Cross Street Chapel
The Manchester meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of
the month in Cross Street Chapel, Manchester
(near The Royal Exchange Theatre) at 1.00pm.
The Chapel will usually be open at 12 o’clock so that you can bring
in lunch from one of the local sandwich bars-or bring your own!
This session's meetings, including the sandwich lunch will be held in the Percival Room, for our convenience.
The theme for the meetings is Victorian Contemporaries.
Tuesday October 2, 2012
Barbara Hardy will speak on George Eliot’s novel Middlemarch
Professor Barbara Hardy is one of the leading experts on nineteenth century literature, and also specializes in the work of, amongst others, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens and George Eliot.
Tuesday November 6, 2012
Geoff Thomason will speak on Charles Halle
Geoff Thomason is the Deputy Librarian at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is also the Chair of the Commission on Service and Training of the International Association of Music Libraries.
Tuesday December 4, 2012
Professor Angus Easson on “Christmas stories”. Looking at the Christmas stories (not always “Christmassy”) that Dickens wrote in 1850s and 1860s for his magazinesProfessor Angus Easson, is a Gaskell scholar, and member of the Gaskell Society. He has spoken at Gaskell Society meetings and conferences in the past. He was written widely on Elizabeth Gaskell and edited and introduced her novels, including North and South and Ruth.
Tuesday February 5, 2013
Ian Emberson on 3 Quartets: The Rossettis, The Mendelssohns and the Brontes
Ian Emberson, a retired Music Librarian, is a life-member of the Gaskell and Brontë Societies. He is now an artist and writer; published items include pieces of poetry, a study of Charlotte Bronte, and a book on Yorkshire culture.
Tuesday March 5, 2013
Dr. Patsy Stoneman will talk on Charlotte Bronte, looking her relationship with Gaskell and the marked differences between them.
Dr Patsy Stoneman is Reader in English at the University of Hull. Her main areas of study are the nineteenth-century English novel, especially the novels of the Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës, and women's studies in English.
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Our meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month in
St John's Church parish rooms, Knutsford, Cheshire.
An excellent buffet lunch is served at 12.15 (cost £8, pay on the day)
followed by a talk and discussion, led by Elizabeth Williams which will
start about 1.30pm. Meetings finish about 3p.m.
The sessions will start again on 31 October 2012. The novel studied during this session will be Ruth. The last meeting of the season will be 24 April 2013.
A summer outing to be arranged, probably in May.
Wednesday 22 May 2013
Gaskell Society trip to Chatsworth
Leaving Chorlton Street bus station, Manchester at 9.15am
Leaving Knutsford bus station at 9.45am
Leaving The Queen's Hotel, Macclesfield at 10.15am
We will have coffee in Buxton and proceed to Chatsworth, where lunch can be purchased or you can bring a packed lunch.
We will have a Gaskell orientated talk for 45 minutes and time to do a self-guided tour of the house and gardens.
We will leave Chatsworth at 5.30pm.
Price £25 to include morning coffee, entry to the house and gardens and the talk.
If you wish to attend please contact Pam Griffiths email@example.com or phone 01565 651761
Send cheques made payable to The Gaskell Society,
to Pam Griffiths at 37 Buckingham Drive, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 8LH
by 1 May 2013. Please indicate your preferred pick-up point.
London and South East Branch
Sandwich lunch will be available from 12.45pm. Meetings begin at 2pm and tea and cake will be served after the meeting. Usually the formal part of the meeting finishes about 3.30pm for those needing to catch trains.
Venue: Francis Holland School, Graham Terrace, London.
The entrance is via doors on Graham Terrace, please ring the bell marked ‘RECEPTION’ loudly to gain entry. For security reasons the door must be locked until opened from inside.
The school is a three minute walk from Sloane Square tube station which is on the District and Circle lines and about a 15-20 minute walk from Victoria. There are also buses from Victoria. (Please check running of the tubes as they often carry out engineering work at weekends).
Book Stall: We have a ‘bring and buy’ book stall the proceeds of which go to the renovation of the Gaskell House in Plymouth Grove Manchester. Please bring unwanted books and buy replacements!!
Meetings are £5.00 payable on the day. You are warmly invited. We ask for a contribution of £5.00 for the afternoon to include everything.
Further details from Dr Fran Twinn firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday May 11, 2013
Carolyn Lambert ‘Sex, Stability and Secrets’ Artefacts and rituals in Gaskell’s fiction.
Carolyn will share the fruits of her PhD research; if her chosen title is an indication of what to expect we are in for a treat! As I write she is awaiting her Viva voce examination.
Saturday September 14, 2013
Alison Lundie ‘Domestic Arts in Mary Barton and North and South’
Alison Lundie, a founding member of the London Gaskell Reading group, is studying for a PhD at Roehampton. Her talk will focus on shawls and needlewomen in Mary Barton and North and South. Objects in Victorian fiction and the idea of the domestic arts is a current academic themes.
Mrs Gaskell 1864
Knutsford, Cheshire 1800s
Cross Street Chapel
The Gaskell Medallion, Knutsford