The sumptuous home of the British writer Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865 is being opened to the public for the first time. It has been restored and turned into a museum of 18th-century England. It is a Victorian villa in Manchester where Gaskell lived for about 20 years and where she wrote almost all her most famous novels, including Ruth, a strenuous defence of the social equality of women, and Cranford, a study of a provincial environment described with irony and lyricism. With an investment of 2.5 million pounds sterling the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust has given a fresh coat of paint to the building, after restoration work that had lasted for decades. The house-museum is now showing an exhibition of relics of the writer’s life and work, including art objects and manuscripts. Gaskell’s family life has been reconstructed and her links with the literary world of the time are described in a series of didactic panels.
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