Red House Museum
This delightful, red-brick house, built in 1660, was home to the Taylor family who were cloth merchants and manufacturers. Mary Taylor, daughter of the house in the 19th Century, was a close friend of Charlotte Bronte, who visited often, featuring the house as 'Briarmains' in 'Shirley'. Red House still looks very much as it would have in Charlotte's day, each room bringing visitors a step closer to the 1830s.
Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site
Open: Mon-Fri 11.00-17.00, Sat & Sun 12.00-17.00
Wheelchair access to "The Secret's Out", "Spen Valley Stories" and the ground floor of Red House. Fully accessible toilets. Stairs to upper floor. Induction loop facilities in the exhibition galleries. Braille plan and room guide.
The award-winning garden, recreated from 19th Century maps of the site, helps to capture the atmosphere of this bygone age. In the more modern setting of 'The Secret's Out' exhibition in the barn, visitors can see items owned and used by the Bronte family and learn all about Charlotte's connection with the Spen Valley and her friendships with Mary Taylor and Ellen Nussey. The new 'Spen Valley Stories' exhibition, housed in the restored cartsheds, relives the 20th Century memories of local people, using a mixture of pictures, mementoes, a user-friendly touchscreen terminal and the latest in audio technology.
Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Personalities, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- Charlotte Bronte