Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Venue: Online

Part of our Trailblazers exhibition programme, join us for an exciting new event with Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, home to ‘one of the greatest female novelists of all time’ to celebrate the adventures of Elizabeth Gaskell, best known for writing the novels Cranford, Ruth, North and South and Wives and Daughters, and plucky 19th century travel writer, Maria Graham.

Women writers sometimes used travel as a means to escape the restrictions on them. Elizabeth ventured across Europe, once fleeing for Rome to avoid criticism of her Charlotte Bronte biography. Maria was the first professional woman travel writer, visiting everywhere from Italy and India to Brazil and Chile. She met revolutionaries and even became governess for princess Donna Maria (Queen of Portugal).

So what was it like to travel as a woman in the 19th century? What did they think about the places they visited? And how did travel affect their writing?

Discover the exploits of these two, very different, intrepid women with Jane Baxter (Elizabeth Gaskell’s House) and Emma Yandle (Chawton House).


This event takes place online. A zoom link will be sent to ticket-holders.

Tickets: £5