Online Talk: Victorian Christmas in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester

  • DATE

    13 December 2023

  • TIME

    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome



At the start of Queen Victoria’s reign, Christmas meant little to commercial Manchester but during the 1840s-1860s the city came to share in an upsurge of enthusiasm for the festive season. Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester saw a boom in the Christmas trade in food, wine and gifts, the expansion of seasonal entertainments like pantomime and the revival of old customs. Even the Mechanics Institution sponsored a series of pageants involving wassail bowls and boars’ heads. And if Christmas was a time to remember the poor, that certainly hit home in the city.

So get your mince pies ready, pull up your favourite chair, and join us online for a cosy Christmassy evening with Anthony Burton.

The talk will be approx 45 mins long, with time for a short question session afterwards.

‘Fascinating and informative and very well researched.’ Visitor to previous event