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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.

Brontë Parsonage Museum

Church Street, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 8DR

01535 642323


Opening times

Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm

As of 12 October, the Bradford district is ranked a 'Tier 2' area and people are not permitted to socialise with anyone from outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting.

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