Brontë Parsonage Museum

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Founded in 1893, the Brontë Society collects and exhibits material relating to the Brontës’ lives and works and shares it with the widest possible audience through display, online access, reader appointments and a lifelong learning programme.

Haworth Parsonage, home of the Brontë family from 1820 to 1861, was gifted to the Brontë Society in 1928. Now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, it houses the world’s largest collection of Brontë material and inspires scholars, writers and artists.

The Museum presents a regularly changing programme of exhibitions, contemporary arts events and family activities and offers an inspirational and evocative experience for people of all ages.

The Brontë Society is celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë throughout 2016.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Library, Gallery

Opening hours

October-March
Daily 1000-1700
April-September
Daily 1000-1730
Closed 24 - 27 December and 4 - 31 January.

Admission charges

Standard Admission £7.50
Concessions £6.50
Students 17 years + £6.50
Children 5-16 years £3.75 (Children under 5 free)
Family Ticket £18.00 (admits up to 2 adults and 4 children)

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Social History, Literature

Key artists and exhibits

  • World's largest collection of items relating to the life and work of the Brontë family, including the table where 'Jane Eyre', 'Wuthering Heights' and 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' were made.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
singers and pianist

Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee

  • 18 June — 31 October 2019 *on now

The Brontë Parsonage Museum is thrilled to present this new audio experience featuring the poems of Emily Brontë set to music by composer and pianist Adrian McNally and recorded by The Unthanks.

Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee is a song cycle of ten poems offering audiences the opportunity to follow in Emily's footsteps up on to nearby Penistone Hill where the dramatic landscape which so inspired Emily and her sisters can be experienced and enjoyed.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

PLEASE NOTE: The audio experience is free with admission to the Museum and a valid Museum ticket must be shown when collecting the audio equipment. Museum tickets are valid for twelve months from the time of purchase.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/767/shall-earth-no-more-inspire-thee/3492

Patrick Bronte

Patrick Bronte: In Sickness and in Health

  • 4 February 2019 — 1 January 2020 *on now

We are delighted to present a new exhibition, Patrick Brontë: In Sickness and in Health. The Brontë siblings are as famous for their deaths as they are for their novels and poetry, and tragically Patrick Brontë outlived all his children, as well as his wife. Our 2019 exhibition explores how illness, poor health and death plagued his life.

Although tragic, the Brontë deaths were unremarkable in an over-crowded village where 46% of children died before reaching
the age of six. The average life expectancy was twenty-five years, which corresponded with that of some of the unhealthiest districts of London. Patrick campaigned relentlessly for improvements to public health, but sadly, these came too late to benefit
his own family. As a minister, Patrick was expected to have an informed knowledge on how best to advise and assist those of his parishioners who couldn’t afford medical treatment. His medical text books, which will be collectively on display for the first time, provide us with an insight into his determination to aid the sick and document his own fascinating discoveries.

Highlights of the exhibition include the handkerchief used by Anne Brontë and spotted with blood from her infected lungs; Patrick’s medical manuals heavily annotated with his own experiences; Charlotte’s pillbox, which still has pills inside; Patrick’s tobacco pipe and the extensive collection of spectacles owned by the Brontë family. Thanks to a loan from Thackray Medical Museum, we will also display the type of ophthalmic instruments which would have been used to perform Patrick’s cataract surgery and a laudanum bottle, similar to those bought by Branwell from the apothecary in Haworth.

Admission

Free with admission to the Museum.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/821/patrick-bronte-in-sickness-and-in-health/1090

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Brontë handwriting

Brontë Treasures

  • 26 July 2019
  • 30 August 2019
  • 27 September 2019
  • 25 October 2019
  • 29 November 2019

The Brontë Parsonage is home to the world's largest collection of Brontë artefacts, manuscripts and personal belongings. In 2019, we are continuing to offer a unique opportunity to go beyond the security cord into the Parsonage Library for a close-up viewing of some of the items not on display. During these special hour-long sessions, a member of our curatorial team will share facts and stories about a number of carefully-selected objects, offering a specialist insight into the lives and work of this inspirational family. Fascinating and moving in equal measures, Brontë Treasures is a not-to-be-missed experience.

Admission

Tickets £85 per person / £75 concessions, places limited to 12 per session.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on

Brontë Parsonage Museum at night

Late Night Thursday: Open until 7.30 PM

  • 18 July 2019 5:30-7:30pm

We have some intriguing domestic objects in our collection, and this evening our museum assistants will be getting 'hands on' in our historic rooms, in order to allow you a closer look and the opportunity to find out exactly what some of the objects were used for, and how we care for them now. Join us if you'd like to discover more about the day-to-day domestic life of the Brontës.

Admission

Late night Thursdays are free after 5.30pm to all visitors providing proof of residence in the BD22, BD21 and BD20 postcode areas and also to all those living in Thornton, birthplace of the Brontës. Usual admission prices apply to all other visitors. Pre-booking not required, but last admission in 7pm.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/886/late-night-thursday-open-until-730pm/3903

Illustration of Haworth

Parsonage Unwrapped: Tales from Haworth

  • 26 July 2019

As we celebrate Patrick throughout 2019, we also want to celebrate the town that he and his family called home. Our collection features many remarkable artefacts pertaining to Haworth, its residents and its history, and we'll be sharing some of the more striking (and unusual) items with you as part of this special Parsonage Unwrapped event.

Admission

Tickets £22.50/£20 concessions/£15 for Haworth residents (proof of address must be provided). Places are limited, so early booking is advised. Please book in advance via the link above or by calling 01535 640192. Attendees are invited to join us from 7pm for a complimentary drink.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/889/parsonage-unwrapped-tales-from-haworth/3906

Objects at the Brontë Parsonage Museum

Petition, Remonstrate and Resist: Patrick Brontë and Politics

  • 6 August 2019 2-3pm

Patrick was a man with pronounced, and sometimes surprising, political views. Though a committed Tory, he was never one to toe a party line, and his views on social justice seem at times to spring from a far more radical standpoint. This talk explores his political ideas and the causes he defended, as well as some of the factors that may have shaped his particular political worldview.

Admission

Free with admission to the Museum.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/891/petition-remonstrate-and-resist-patrick-bronte-and-politics/3908

Brontë Parsonage Museum at night

Late Night Thursday: Open until 7.30 PM

  • 15 August 2019 5:30-7:30pm

Visit us after hours and experience the magic of the Museum in the evening.

Admission

Late night Thursdays are free after 5.30pm to all visitors providing proof of residence in the BD22, BD21 and BD20 postcode areas and also to all those living in Thornton, birthplace of the Brontës. Usual admission prices apply to all other visitors. Pre-booking not required but last admission is at 7pm.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/892/late-night-thursday-open-until-730pm/3909

Maria Brontë (née Branwell)

Parsonage Unwrapped: The Mother of the Brontës

  • 30 August 2019

Following the launch of her new book, join biographer Sharon Wright after hours in the Museum for a very special Parsonage Unwrapped event as she discusses her research into Mrs Brontë and how her work and writing led her to better understand this shadowy but vital figure. Following Sharon's talk, ticketholders will have the opportunity to join her on a walk through the historic rooms that were so briefly Maria Brontë's home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets £22.50/£20 concessions. Places are limited, so please book in advance by following the link on this page or by calling 01535 640192. Attendees are invited to join us from 7pm for a complimentary drink.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/905/parsonage-unwrapped-the-mother-of-the-brontes/3921

Maria Brontë (née Branwell)

The Mother of the Brontës: When Maria Met Patrick

  • 30 August 2019 6-7pm

Join author and journalist Sharon Wright as she launches her new biography of Maria Brontë (née Branwell). Often reduced to a marginal role in the lives of her famous daughters, the story of Maria is told for the first time, tracing her journey from Cornwall to West Yorkshire, and detailing the character of this gifted and enigmatic figure from her childhood, to her unlikely romance with Patrick Brontë, through to her untimely death in 1821. Sharon will be on-hand at this informal event to discuss her research and to sign copies of her book.

Sharon Wright is an author, journalist and playwright. She was born in Bradford and now lives in South West London with her family. She has worked as a writer, editor and columnist for leading national magazines, newspapers and websites including The Guardian, Daily Express, BBC, Disney, Glamour, Red and Take a Break. Her first boo, Balloonomania Belles, was serialised in The Mail on Sunday and received widespread coverage, including on BBC Woman's Hour and in the New York Post.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/904/the-mother-of-the-brontes-when-maria-met-patrick/3920

Pair of spectacles

'I longed for a Power of Vision...'

  • 3 September 2019 2-2:30pm

In 1846 Patrick Brontë and his daughter Charlotte spent a month in Manchester in the hope that an operation removing cataracts from Patrick's eyes would cure his failing sight. It was during these few weeks that Charlotte, anxious for her father, and a stranger in a strange town, began work on a new novel. This talk will explore this hugely significant episode in both Patrick and Charlotte's life in detail, and examines how this difficult time contributed to the writing of Charlotte's most celebrated novel, Jane Eyre.

Admission

Free with admission to the Museum.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/906/i-longed-for-a-power-of-vision/3922

Zaffar Kunial

Zaffar Kunial and Michael Stewart: Rebooting the Brontë Way

  • 7 September 2019

Join our writer-in-residence Zaffar Kunial and novelist Michael Stewart for an evening of conversation on the importance of nature and landscape in their own writing and that of the Brontës, and the impact they've had on evoking place through literature in the years since.

Michael Stewart is a multi-award winning author, born and brought up in Salford, who moved to Yorkshire in 1995 and is now based in Bradford. His debut novel, King Crow, was published in 2011 and won The Guardian's Not-the-Booker Award. His most recent novel, Ill Will, was released in 2018 and recounts Heathcliff's lost years. He is senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield.

Admission

Tickets £7/£5 concessions/£2 16-25 year olds.
Please book in advance at the link above or by calling 01535 640192.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/907/zaffar-kunial-and-michael-stewart-rebooting-the-bronte-way/3923

Brontë Parsonage Museum at night

Late Night Thursday: Open until 7.30 PM

  • 15 September 2019 5:30-7:30pm

Another chance to avoid the crowds and enjoy the Museum in the early evening.

Admission

Late night Thursdays are free after 5.30pm to all visitors providing proof of residence in the BD22, BD21 and BD20 postcode areas and also to all those living in Thornton, birthplace of the Brontës. Usual admission prices apply to all other visitors. Pre-booking not required but last admission is at 7pm.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/908/late-night-thursday-open-until-730pm/3924

Haworth Parsonage

Parsonage Unwrapped: Writing the Brontës

  • 27 September 2019

Since the publication of Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë in 1857, countless biographers have researched, detailed and (on occasion) embellished the lives of the Brontë family. Join Principal Curator Ann Dinsdale for an evening considering Gaskell, Leyland, du Maurier, Gérin and Barker and how their perspectives have shaped our understanding of Haworth's most famous family.

Admission

Tickets £22.50/£20 concessions. Places are limited, so please book in advance by following the link on this page or by calling 01535 640192. Attendees are invited to join us from 7pm for a complimentary drink.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/911/parsonage-unwrapped-writing-the-brontes/3927

Maria Brontë

My Dear Saucy Pat': Patrick and Romance

  • 1 October 2019 2-2:30pm

Patrick Brontë was married for nearly nine years to his wife Maria, who, writing to her husband-to-be during their courtship, addressed him rather cheekily as 'My dear saucy Pat'. After Maria died in 1821, Patrick remained a widower for the rest of his life, although he did make at least two clumsy attempts at remarriage following Maria's death. Join us to learn more about Patrick's early romantic encounters, his marriage to Maria and his disastrous proposals after the death of his wife.

Admission

Free with admission to the Museum.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/912/my-dear-saucy-pat-patrick-and-romance/3928

Portrait of Anne Lister

I Am Not Made Like Any Other I Have Seen': Interpreting Anne Lister and the Brontës

  • 14 October 2019 10am-4pm

The BBC's drama Gentleman Jack is the most recent interpretation of diarist Anne Lister, who recorded her life in great detail from 1806 to 1840. She was a remarkable scholar, traveller, business woman and property owner, and her diaries also reveal she was a lesbian who defied the norms of the time. In 2016 the Brontë biopic To Walk Invisible interpreted the Brontës as never before
in choosing to focus in the three years in which the sisters wrote the books that made them famous, the drama highlighted the bleak domestic situation they endured, and therefore the extraordinary feat they achieved.

This one-day conference hosted by the Brontë Parsonage Museum and Calderdale Museums seeks to examine these remarakble early nineteenth-century West Yorkshire women through a series of papers from invited scholars and museum professionals which will examine a range of topics such as: legacy, non-conformism, hidden histories and censorship, interpretation and adaptation in film, television, literature and radio.

Admission

Tickets £45 and include refreshments.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/914/i-am-not-made-like-any-other-i-have-seen-interpreting-anne-lister-and-the-brontes/3930

Lord Byron

Parsonage Unwrapped: Under the Influence of Byron

  • 25 October 2019

The Brontës were voracious readers throughout their lives, but the literary figure who made by far the most impact upon them while they were young was Lord Byron. Seen as a scandalous figure in the Brontës' youth, they idolised his poetry, owned his collected works and were said to know his writing as well as they knew their Bible. Join Simon Brown, Curator at Newstead Abbey, to explore Byron in more detail, and to tract the impact he had on the Brontës, and, more widely, on the culture of the early nineteenth century.

Admission

Tickets £22.50/£20 concessions. Places are limited, so please book in advance by following the link on this page or by calling 01535 640192. Attendees are invited to join us from 7pm for a complimentary drink.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/916/parsonage-unwrapped-under-the-influence-of-byron/3932

Patrick Brontë

Beginnings Revisited

  • 5 November 2019 2-3pm

We are taking another look at the Brontë family's Irish roots in this penultimate talk focusing on Patrick. But this time, we will be bringing the story right up to the present day, with Simon Zonenblick's fascinating talk based on his recent visit to Ireland. This will include an interview with the great, great grand-nephew of the authors of The Brontës in Ireland, William Wright, the source of some of the most intriguing and convincing (if not always substantiated), stories of Patrick's family history and early formative years.

Admission

Free with admission to the Museum.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/922/beginnings-revisited/3938

Objects belonging to the Brontës

Parsonage Unwrapped: The Brontë Desks

  • 29 November 2019

The Brontë sisters each owned a portable wooden writing slope, upon which they produced their astonishing poetry and fiction. these three desks have been preserved as they were found at the time of the sisters' deaths, and contain myriad seals, cards, stationery and letters. Join us after-hours at the Museum as we display the desks and their contents together for the very first time, as part of an exclusive event in our research library.

Admission

Tickets £22.50/£20 concessions. Places are limited, so please book in advance by following the link on this page or by calling 01535 640192. Attendees are invited to join us from 7pm for a complimentary drink.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/925/parsonage-unwrapped-the-bronte-desks/3941

Photograph of Patrick Brontë

Patrick's Afterlife

  • 3 December 2019 2-3pm

With the publication of Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë, the reading public embraced a narrative of the strange and bleak upbringing of Charlotte and her siblings at the hands of their father, and his eccentric, unpredictable dealings with the world around him. Fast forward to Juliet Barker's revisionist and seminal biography, The Brontës, and we have a picture of a very different man, dedicated, determined to make a difference in the world and who brought sympathy and imagination to his role as father. This talk examines the eventful journey of Patrick's afterlife, how he has been portrayed on page and screen, and how his changing image impacts on our understanding of his children and their achievements.

Admission

Free with admission to the Museum.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/926/patricks-afterlife/3942

A ring in the Brontë Parsonage Museum collection

Brontë Treasures by Candlelight

  • 6 December 2019

In this special hour-long session, a member of our curatorial team will share facts and stories about a number of carefully-selected objects, offering a specialist insight into the lives and work of the inspirational Brontë family. You will also have the chance to experience the historic rooms of the Parsonage by candlelight. A not-to-be-missed experience. Places are limited to 12 so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Admission

Tickets £85. Please book in advance at the link above or by calling 01535 640192. Attendees are invited to join us from 7pm for a complimentary drink.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/927/bronte-treasures-by-candlelight/3943

Brontë Parsonage Museum at night

Late Night Thursday: Open until 7.30 PM

  • 12 December 2019 5-7:30pm

Join us for a glass of sherry, some Christmas cheer and the chance to see the Parsonage dressed for the Christmas season. The Museum shop will be open to buy those last minute gifts, or you may just be tempted to treat yourself!

Admission

After 5pm, entry is free to visitors providing proof of residence in BD22, BD21, BD20 or Thornton. Usual admission prices apply to all other visitors. Pre-booking not required but last entry is 7pm.

Website

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/928/late-night-thursday-open-until-730pm/3944

Brontë Parsonage Museum
Church Street
Haworth
Keighley
West Yorkshire
BD22 8DR
England

Website

http://www.bronte.org.uk

E-mail

bronte@bronte.org.uk

Telephone

01535 642323

Fax

01535 647131

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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