Charlotte Great and Small
1 February 2016 – 1 January 2017
Celebrating the bicentary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, this exhibition explores the contrast between her constricted life at the parsonage and her lofty ambitions for greatness.
At their humble home in Haworth the Brontës had to live in cramped, confined spaces, sharing beds and working from just one room on their various creative projects.
Despite being so contained physically, Charlotte dreamt about the kind of life she wanted and the contribution she expected to make to literature. On display here are quotes from her letters and writings that betray her ambitions, as well as a scrap from a dress she wore to an important dinner party in London.
They are shown alongside the tiny books and paintings she made at the parsonage – Charlotte in fact ruined her eyesight by writing and drawing on such a small scale – examples of her everyday clothes and pieces of embroidery.
The exhibition has been designed by the parsonage's creative partner for Brontë’s bicentenary year, Tracy Chevalier.
Contemporary art installations which respond to the idea of 'the miniature' are displayed throughout the parsonage.