Wanted: 19th century Broadwood piano for Elizabeth Gaskell’s house
5 February 2014
Novellist Elizabeth Gaskell's house during restoration© Lee Baxter
Renovators of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester home are seeking a donation of a mid-19th century Broadwood demi grand piano and have called on International Piano readers to help.
The Victorian writer’s property has been authentically refurbished and will reopen to the public in October. Living at 84 Plymouth Grove for 15 years until her death in 1865, Gaskell and her husband entertained contemporaries including Charles Dickens.
Part of the £2.5m restoration has involved research into how the house looked when the family resided there. Curators are seeking a Broadwood demi grand piano because this was the model that Charles Hallé used to teach Elizabeth Gaskell’s daughters at the house. The instrument will take pride of place in the drawing room and will be used for musical and educational events. The donor will be fully credited alongside other sponsors of the house.
If you are able to help, please contact John Williams, project manager for Elizabeth’s Gaskell’s House at firstname.lastname@example.org.