Christmas event at Elizabeth Gaskell House

Christmas meal and talks; Saturday 7 December, 2019 (11-30 am - 4-30 pm)

This is a day long event at Elizabeth Gaskell House, Plymouth Grove, Manchester, only for VicSoc members and their guests celebrating "Victorian Christmas".

The day will be led by Antony Burton, a former curator at the V & A for many years. He specialises in 19th and 20th century visual culture. For sixteen years he was head of V & A Museum of Childhood where he mounted a series of annual exhibitions on Christmas which equips him with the knowledge for the day's talks.

The event starts at 11-30 am with refreshments in the Tea Room (though the house is open for us from 11- 00 am). There will be five talks in total: Christmas Customs, Christmas Food, Christmas Literature, Christmas Decorations and Christmas Carols (maybe with singing if you are in good voice!) Elizabeth Gaskell herself contributed to Christmas Literature by supplying stories for the Christmas numbers of Charles Dickens' magazines.

Lunch will be taken in the decorated Servants' Hall: Christmas Pie served with seasonal salads such as red winter slaw, followed by fruit, chocolate truffles and mince pies with tea and coffee. A cash bar will be open selling ales, cider and wine. The afternoon tea break will then offer the delights of "Twelfth Night Cake"!

In addition you can have free entry to the Ruskin exhibition currently running: My Dear Mr Ruskin....... Friendship, Inspiration and Scandal.

The day will end by 4 30pm.

The cost including entrance to the house and exhibition, refreshments and lunch (but excluding alcoholic drinks) is £30pp. You make your own way to and from the House.

Please book your place asap and before 7th November by emailing Anne Hodgson or phoning 0791 248 9561. Please indicate any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, GF etc. Payment details will be sent with the confirmatory email.