Perseverance Pays Off

A Grade II* building that languished for years on the Heritage at Risk Register has reopened – the culmination of a long campaign that the AHF has supported for many years. 

Manchester Historic Buildings Trust (established with AHF support) acquired Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in 2004 and received several AHF grants between 2000 and 2008 to help it develop its proposals to bring the building back into use as a centre to promote the work of the author of Cranford and North and South, who lived here from 1850-65. It is now open for visitors with period rooms and a programme of special events and activities.