Brontë Museum launches summer programme with display of costumes from Jane Eyre

By Ruth Hazard | 08 June 2012
a still from jane eyre film of a woman in a bonnet and shawl stood in the rural countryside
Costumes from the 2011 film adaption of Jane Eyre are on display in Haworth
The Parsonage Museum in Haworth has announced a varied programme of events that is sure to see Brontë fans, literary buffs and Pennine visitors through the summer season. Here are some of the highlights:

Exhibition: Costumes from Jane Eyre 2011, until September 20 2012

An exhibition of the Oscar-nominated costumes from the 2011 film adaptation of Jane Eyre, displayed in the period rooms of the museum. Visitors will be able to see some of the original costumes worn by the cast, which included Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell and Dame Judi Dench.

Exhibition: Hope's whisper: Rebecca Chesney, June 22 – September 5 2012

Rebecca Chesney will be exhibiting new visual art work created during her year-long residency investigating the Brontës and the weather.

The sisters use descriptions of weather at key emotional points in their novels and their own daily lives were strongly influenced by the elements.

In 2011, Chesney installed a weather station at the Brontë Parsonage Museum and set out to record patterns for 12 months.

She cross-referenced this meteorological data with descriptions of weather in the Brontës’ letters and novels to create new visual artwork for exhibition.

You can read more about the weather project on Chesney’s blog.

Event: Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing, August 31 – September 2 2012

The festival of women’s writing is back for its third year, with a programme including creative writing workshops, practical activities and talks by prominent and emerging women writers.

It will be opened by winner of the Costa First Novel Award, Sadie Jones, and will take place at the Brontë Parsonage Museum and other sites across Haworth.

Exhibition: Ways to the Stone House: Simon Warner, September 28 – December 3 2012

Landscape photographer Simon Warner is artist in residence 2012 for the Watershed Landscape project, a three-year programme to enhance, promote and care for the moorland areas of the South Pennines.

His exhibition features a series of tiny landscape films shot on the moors above Haworth for display in the period rooms of the museum.

The display will also document the progressive ruination of Top Withens (believed to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights), using photographs from the Parsonage archives as well as iconic images by Bill Brandt, Fay Godwin and Alexander Keighley.

An original sketch of Top Withens, made by Sylvia Plath on her first visit with Ted Hughes in 1956, will also be shown.

A series of accompanying talks and events will take place throughout the summer. For full details download the programme, visit the website or email bronte@bronte.org.uk to join the mailing list.

All exhibitions are free with admission to the museum.

  • Open 10am-5.30pm April-September, 11am-5pm October-March. Admission £3.60-£7 (free for under-5s).
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