A Love Affair with Cranford

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 - Saturday, April 30th, 2022

A perennial Gaskell favourite is celebrated in this brilliant exhibition at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

The much-loved novel has never been out of print, and from its early serialised incarnation in Charles Dicken’s Household Words to the lovely BBC Television series starring Dame Judi Dench, the Cranford stories have been enjoyed by generations across the world. Despite its chocolate-box image, the stories of Cranford challenged the social constraints imposed on women of the Victorian era, whilst stories of cows in pyjamas and cats eating lace collars have kept readers giggling the world over.

This exhibition explores the enduring popularity of Cranford, the portrayal of the ‘Amazons’ who run the town, its worldwide reach from page to stage, and the many translated and illustrated editions that have been published since 1851. The exhibition will include rare editions of the book and one of the costumes worn in the BBC series by Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Patron, Dame Judi Dench.

Wed, Thu & Sun 11am - 4.30pm 

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
84 Plymouth Grove

Manchester, UK

53.4635749, -2.2211881

A Love Affair with Cranford