Set in the picturesque village of Haworth against the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire moors, Haworth Parsonage was the home of the Brontë family from 1820 to 1861 and the place where Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote their great novels. Now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, it houses the world’s largest collection of Brontë furniture, clothes and personal possessions and offers an inspirational and evocative experience for people of all ages.
Items on display include letters, notebooks and household artefacts. Visitors are always fascinated to see how tiny the sisters’ handwriting was, with the ‘Little Books’ being a favourite exhibit for many. The Brontë family dining table, which was sold by auction following Patrick Brontë’s death in 1861, returned to the Parsonage recently thanks to a generous award from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. It is the table where Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were written and where the Brontë sisters shared their work with each other. A real writer’s table, it bears ink stains and candle burns and, as one of the most important literary artefacts of the 19th century, is a must see for anyone interested in the Brontës and their work.
Personal items on display include Emily’s paint box, Charlotte’s sewing box, pebbles collected by Anne, a comb used by Emily and the bonnet worn by Charlotte on her wedding day.
The museum presents a regularly changing programme of exhibitions, contemporary arts events and family activities. In 2016 the Brontë Society will be celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë and is working with a wide range of artists, writers and organisations to celebrate this The current exhibition, The Brontës, War and Waterloo, explores the Brontë family’s fascination with war and presents a number of intriguing items, including a fragment of Napoleon’s coffin and a letter to Patrick Brontë from the Duke of Wellington.
The Museum is open daily except 24 -27 December and during January. Full details can be found at www.bronte.org.uk or you can follow the Brontë Parsonage Museum on facebook and twitter.
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