Academic journal article The Gaskell Journal

South West Branch

Academic journal article The Gaskell Journal

South West Branch

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Our group undertook seminars on North and South in February and March at members' homes and a number of very interesting topics were discussed: class in the novel, the theology of Mr Hale's decision, the historical background of trade unions, families in the novel, and the ethical significance of places in the novel. The discussion was wide ranging as befits one of Elizabeth Gaskell's most impor- tant books.

In April, Ann Brooks and Brian Howarth joined us for a public lecture at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute. They talked about and showed slides of the plans for the garden at Plymouth Grove and also explained much about the history of gardens in the Manchester area. Their expertise on gardens, with an historical perspective, is always of great interest, and it was refreshing to have such a first-hand account of what is happening at Plymouth Grove. We are privileged to have Ann as a member of our group.

On 1 September we had our summer lunch at Kate and Alec Crawford's home in Norton St Philip. As always, the food (bring and share style) was more than ample, and as the weather was sunny, we were able to enjoy the Crawfords' lovely garden. …

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