Meetings & Events
Gaskell Society Conference 2015
17-20 July, 2015
The conference this year will be held at Cober Hill Hotel and Conference Centre, Cloughton, Scarborough. www.coberhill.co.uk/
The title of our conference this year is Coming to a Conclusion in which we are looking at the later years of Elizabeth Gaskell’s life, in this the 150th anniversary year of her death. We will be visiting Whitby, the setting for Sylvia’s Lovers and visiting Scarborough, where Anne Bronte is buried.
Further details will be included in the booking form which will be enclosed with the Spring Newsletter, which members will receive towards the end of February.
Gaskell Society AGM, 2015
Saturday, 18 April, 2015
Cross Street Chapel, Manchester.
10.00 am-10.30 am: Tea and Coffee
10.45 am: AGM
12.00 noon: The Daphne Carrick Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr.Rebecca Styler, Editor of the Gaskell Journal, taking as her title, Elizabeth Gaskell's Maternal Theology. Setting Elizabeth Gaskell in the context of contemporary debates on the re-gendering of God, this talk considers the theological implications of her literary works, through which she imagined the divine in terms of motherhood. Works discussed include Cranford, Lizzie Leigh and Ruth.
1.00 pm (approx): Lunch
2.30 pm: Frank Galvin, former director of Stockport Museums and Vice-chairman of Manchester Historic Buildings Trust, will speak on Bringing Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Back To Life. Frank was very involved in sourcing items for the restoring of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
£15 with lunch or £7.50 without lunch.
Booking forms for this will also be included with the newsletter.
Gaskell Society Meetings at Cross Street Chapel
The Manchester meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of
the month, at 1pm in Percival Suite, Cross Street Chapel, Manchester
(near The Royal Exchange Theatre)
The cost for the lectures is £3: members and £4: visitors.
Visitors are always welcome!
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!
Tuesday October 7, 2014
Dr Robert Poole: The Pendle Witches
The 1612 trial of the Lancashire (or Pendle) witches was England's biggest peacetime witch trial. The Victorian revival of interest began in the late 1840s, with the publication by the Chetham Society of Thomas Potts' 1612 account of the trial inspiring Harrison Ainsworth's bestselling novel The Lancashire Witches. This illustrated lecture will discuss both the trial and attitudes to witchcraft in Gaskell's day
Robert Poole was consultant historian to the 400th anniversary commemoration of the trial in 2012 and has published a modern edition of Potts's Wonderful Discovery of Witches.
Tuesday November 4, 2014
Dr Simon Rennie: ‘Ernest Jones’s class negotiations through literature during the Chartist period’
For a few short years towards the end of their respective lives, Ernest Charles Jones (1819-69) and Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) lived in Manchester at the same time. Both were members of the middle class lauded for their efforts on behalf of the working class through their literary interventions, but the models of their relationship with a different social class could not be more different. Whilst a recent critical work has suggested that Gaskell’s novel North and South ‘acknowledges that the cultivated elite can do no more than seek to cultivate intercourse between entrepreneurs and workers’, Ernest Jones immersed himself in political activism, and in some senses began to identify with the working class.
Dr. Simon Rennie is an Associate Lecturer in English Literature at MMU.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Dr Michael Sanders: "Of all the good days in the year": Rediscovering Dickens's A Christmas Carol
Everyone knows, or thinks they know, Dickens's A Christmas Carol. This talk examines the origins of Dickens's most famous novella and the artistic, social and financial motivations behind its creation, to reveal a darker core to this much-loved tale.
This will be followed at 2.15 by a “Carolathon", in aid of the homeless charity, Shelter.
The whole of Dickens' s A Christmas Carol" is read by a roster of volunteers taking it in turns to read a passage: each passage takes about 5 to 10 minutes. The whole book takes about 3.5 hours including a couple of breaks. In previous years, they've done it in partnership with Central Library and the Friends Meeting House but this year the Gaskell Society and Cross Street Chapel are to be involved.
Mike is hoping that some Gaskell Society members and some audience members might like to read a passage. Reading the novel would then take 3.5 hours and in previous years people have “come and gone” during the reading, but many came back at the end to hear the final passages!
This seems to be an excellent event, so we hope many members would like to be involved. If you wish to do a reading please contact Libby Tempest firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Dr Karen Laird will give a talk on Elizabeth Gaskell’s Life of Charlotte Bronte
Two months after the death of Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell broached the idea of writing her friend's biography in a letter to publisher George Smith: “Sometime, it may be years hence—but if I live long enough, and no one is living whom such a publication would hurt, I will publish what I know of her, and make the world (if I am strong enough in expression,) honour the woman as much as they have admired the writer.” (Letter from Elizabeth Gaskell to George Smith)). Comparing Gaskell's original motives and intentions for this project with her published biography of 1857, this talk explains the formidable challenges Gaskell faced when composing what would become one of the most important literary biographies of the Victorian era.
Tuesday March 3, 2015
Elizabeth Williams: The Fallen Woman
How does the fallen woman in Victorian fiction differ from the reality of the fallen woman's place in society at that time?
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Our meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at St John’s Parish Rooms, Knutsford, Cheshire.
An excellent buffet lunch is served at 12.15 followed by a talk and discussion, led by Elizabeth Williams which will start about 1.30pm. Meetings finish at 3p.m
Cost, including lunch: £9 members, £10 visitors.
Without lunch £3, members, £4 visitors. Pay on the day.
Wednesday 28 January, 2015
We will finish our discussion on A Dark Night's Work and begin The Moorland Cottage.
25 March and 29 April t.b.a
13 September, 2014
Cancelled - 8 November, 2014
7 February, 2015
9 May, 2015
Mrs Gaskell 1864
Knutsford, Cheshire 1800s
Cross Street Chapel
The Gaskell Medallion, Knutsford