Academic journal article The Gaskell Journal

The Gaskells' House

Academic journal article The Gaskell Journal

The Gaskells' House

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Exciting News from 84 Plymouth Grove: we now have the go-head! £1,851,800 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which with a further £500,000 in match funding raised by the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust ensures the future of the House. The announcement was broadcast on television, press and local radio on 13 June, 2012, when Professor Hannah Barker from the Heritage Lottery Fund met representatives of the Trust and of the Gaskell Society at the House.

We will have a restored and converted House - the garden setting and the ground floor as it was in Elizabeth Gaskell's time, the lower ground floor with sympathetically restored kitchen and servants' hall, new toilets, and a connecting lift. Upstairs the large original bedrooms will be available as conference, exhibition and office spaces, with a new staircase connecting it to the rear. There will be sensitive interpretation (sponsored by the Gaskell Society), research material, a book collection and hopefully the best home-made cakes in Ardwick! The money will pay for a house manager and audience development post for five years, and the success of the house will depend upon them and our team of volunteers.

Work is due to start in September on the disabled-access ramp and dampproofing the basement. Our architect and his team are currently preparing detailed plans for the main project, and we hope the builders will be on site by February. …

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