Collection spotlight: Brontë Parsonage Museum

Celebrate 200 years since the birth of Charlotte Brontë through portraits and treasures from the house in which the Brontë sisters lived and worked

Portrait of Charlotte Bronte (1816-55) by J.H.Thompson (19th century) © Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth / Bridgeman Images

 

The Brontë Parsonage Museum is situated in Haworth Village, West Yorkshire and was the home of the Brontë family. 

The Brontë Society was formed in 1893 to collect and preserve what remained of the Brontës’ former possessions and in 1928 the Society acquired Haworth Parsonage. The Museum Collection consists of material which belonged to the Brontë family, their friends and associates including manuscripts, letters, drawings, paintings and early editions of the novels.   

Charlotte Bronte's writing desk had been in private collections for more than a century but was donated to the museum in 2011. 

Charlotte Bronte's going away dress (19th century) © Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Grasper, from life (pencil on paper) by Emily Bronte (1818-48) © Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth / Bridgeman Images

 

 
In 1820 Patrick Bronte, his wife Maria and their six children, moved to the Parsonage at Haworth.
 
The Bronte family are not buried in the churchyard but in a vault beneath the church itself. All died of tuberculosis at a young age. Charlotte (1816-1855) was 38, Emily (1818-1848) died aged 30, and Anne was only 29 when she died in 1849. Patrick outlived all his family and died in 1861 at the age of 84.
 
Haworth Parsonage, Pre-Wade Extension c.1878, English Photographer © Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth / Bridgeman Images

 

Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855 

Celebrating Charlotte Brontë at National Portrait Gallery marks the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of one of the most celebrated authors of the 19th century. Charlotte Brontë’s novels, which include Jane Eyre (1847), Shirley (1849) and Villette (1853) continue to capture the imaginations of readers today. This display explores Brontë’s life and literary career through portraits and includes treasures on loan from the Brontë Parsonage Museum. 

Brontë200 - Bronte Parsonage Museum 

The bicentenaries of the births of the Brontë siblings are to be marked with a five-year programme of events. Charlotte will be celebrated in 2016, the brother Branwell in 2017, Emily in 2018 and Anne in 2020.

Browse the Bronte Parsonage Museum collection via the Bridgeman archive. Images available for licensing. 

Little books by the Bronte sisters, English School, (19th century) © Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Ring with Patrick Branwell and Emily Bronte's hair (photo) © Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth / Bridgeman Images

 

Diary paper, 1837 (pen and ink on paper) by Emily Bronte (1818-48) © Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth / Bridgeman Images

 

 

 


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