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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

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Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm

We are also open Bank Holiday Mondays.

The Brontë Parsonage Museum is a historic, intimate space and for the safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors, and to ensure we can offer the best visitor experience, we will continue to monitor visitor numbers in order to avoid over-crowding. This means that at very busy times visitors may need to queue for a short while.

Tickets will be released in tranches as we monitor the ongoing situation.

Whilst face coverings are no longer mandatory, some of our staff and volunteers continue to use them and our visitors are welcome to do the same if they wish. .

Please maintain a respectful distance (1m+) from our staff and volunteers and any visitors who are not part of your household

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We recommend pre-booking a ticket for entry to the Bronte Parsonage Museum, including free tickets, eg for Bronte Society members, or for those returning with a 12-month ticket.

The Brontë Parsonage Museum is a historic, intimate space and for the safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors, we will continue to monitor visitor numbers in order to avoid over-crowding, and so at very busy times visitors may need to queue for a short while.

We ask that visitors keep personal posessions to a minimum and regret that we will not be able to store any bags.

Although it is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate, if you, or any member of your household, has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the 10 days preceding your visit, we politely ask that you do not come to the Museum.

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