Yorkshire hills make Ways to the Stone House in Simon Warner show at Brontë Parsonage

By Ben Miller | 17 September 2012
A photo of a bright full moon above a series of rolling hills against a bright blue sky
Moonset© Simon Warner
Exhibition: Ways to the Stone House: Simon Warner, Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, September 28 – December 3 2012

Commissioned as part of a long-term programme to promote the folkloric moorland areas climes of the South Pennines, Simon Warner’s films and videos focus on the part the surrounding Yorkshire hills played in the lives and works of the Brontë sisters.

More precisely, they feature Top Withins, a windswept farmhouse three miles from the museum which is thought to have been the epicentre of Wuthering Heights.

Original prints by Fay Godwin, Alexander Keighley and Bill Brandt, charting the ruination of the house, are combined for the first time, although a rarely-seen Sylvia Plath sketch – produced on her first visit to Top Withins in 1956, as a newlywed with Ted Hughes – is likely to take the limelight.

Photographs produced by Warner and two local groups on a series of moorland walks also appear, and an accompanying symposium on October 6, Unbounded Moor, has already sold out.

  • Open 10am-5.30pm (11am-5pm from October 1). Admission £3.60-£7 (free for under-5s, family ticket £16). Visit www.watershedlandscape.co.uk for more on the South Pennines programme.
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