Meetings & Events
Gaskell Society AGM April 12th 2014
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL
10.30am. Tea or coffee
12am. David Sekers will deliver The Daphne Carrick Memorial Lecture
A woman of compassion, courage and conviction: Hannah Greg and her circle from Mrs Gaskell’s perspective
It will cover some of the things they had in common, and where they differed, and will describe some of Hannah’s aspirations, frustrations and achievements.
David was Museum Director at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal before becoming the National Trust’s Director of the Regions until 2001. He has recently published A Lady of Cotton: Hannah Greg, Mistress of Quarry Bank Mill.
12 for 12.30 prompt. Buffet Lunch
2.30pm. Geoff Scargill will speak about Sir Edward Watkin, a contemporary of Elizabeth Gaskell, whom she probably knew and if not, she most certainly knew about him. Though largely forgotten now, in his time he was known as “the nearly man of Manchester! Eighty years after his death he was involved in a sensation in the American art world.
Geoff is a former teacher at Chetham’s School of Music and is a well-known public speaker in and around the Manchester area. North West Group
Wednesday January 15th 2014
New Year Lunch
Cottons Hotel, Knutsford
The cost is £19, payable in advance. If you are attending the Cross Street or Knutsford meetings in December, you can book, pay and make your menu choices then.
All bookings need to be made by 20th December 2013, along with menu choice and payment.
Please contact Janet Kennerley, the event organiser, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 cost for the Cross Street Chapel lectures are £3 each.
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.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Ron Thorn: The Diary of Tryall Holcroft
Ron is Honorary Librarian of Macclesfield Silk Museums.
Tryall Holcroft was a contemporary of Elizabeth Gaskell and a real life John Thornton. This 200,000-word diary, ‘being a brief account of remarkable transactions and changes occurring to him through life,’ is a view into the world of a mid-18th century, Manchester-based textile manufacturer.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
Anthony Dawson: William Gaskell and the Crimean War.
Anthony was a post-graduate researcher at the University of Leeds 2010-2013 (graduating with an M.Res.) studying the perception of the Crimean War from soldiers’ letters home. His interest in Gaskell stems from studying the perception of the Crimean War on the "home front" particularly by the churches - and, being a Unitarian, the Unitarian response.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Bill Hutchings: Jane Austen
Bill is a National Teaching Fellow and a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He is a regular lecturer for the Jane Austen Society and a specialist on 18th century poetry. We can look forward to an entertaining lecture and discover whether Gaskell ever read Jane Austen!
Tuesday February 4, 2014
Christine Musgrove: Mrs Gaskell, Art and Manchester
Mrs. Gaskell’s novel ‘North and South’ contrasts life in southern rural Hampshire with the workers in industrial Manchester. Her concerns, as described in the novel were mirrored in the rise a new social realism in art. This lecture will compare the issues raised in ‘North and South’ with those expressed by her artistic contemporaries.
Christine Musgrove has a MA in art history from the University of Edinburgh. She has curated exhibitions, taught at Manchester University and has been involved in adult education for a wide range of organisations over many years. She has also organised and lectured on study tours to Europe and the Middle East. She is currently a MANCENT lecturer.
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Elizabeth Williams: Fanny Trollope
Elizabeth is a former F.E. lecturer, who regularly gives entertaining Gaskell-related talks to the Society and elsewhere. She also leads the discussions at the Knutsford meetings. Fanny (Frances) Trollope, mother of Anthony Trollope was a novelist in her own right.
For further information about events held at Cross Street Chapel
Mrs Gaskell 1864
Knutsford, Cheshire 1800s
Cross Street Chapel
The Gaskell Medallion, Knutsford