Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Easter at the Parsonage

A news release from Director Andrew McCarthy:

Following a major refurbishment to its main exhibition space in February, the Parsonage has had a brisk start to the year with visitors numbers up on 2008. The new exhibition, Genius – The Brontë Story, has allowed the museum to display more of its amazing collection of treasures than ever before, some things for the very first time. It also features fun interactive displays for children and families.

This Easter the museum also has a packed programme of activities to keep visitors entertained. Throughout the holiday there’ll be a special Brontë egg hunt for children in the museum. There’ll also be storytelling and art and craft activities for children and families together. There’ll be a special appearance from Branwell Brontë who’ll give his version of the Brontë story through a hilarious, performance poetry presentation; and scenes from Charlotte Brontë’s famous novel Jane Eyre will be performed in the Parsonage garden. In addition to all of this, the museum has all new displays in the historic rooms of the Parsonage and an exhibition of costumes from the forthcoming TV production of Wuthering Heights.

There’s lots of new things to see at the Parsonage this year, not least of all our fabulous new exhibition which is the most significant development here in nearly thirty years. This Easter is a great opportunity for people to get out and see some of the rarest treasures of the museum’s collection and also enjoy a full programme of activities that will appeal to the whole family

Easter Events at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:

Throughout the holiday there’ll be a special Brontë egg hunt for children in the museum

Friday 10 April - Storytelling for children and families - 1.30pm to 5.00pm

Saturday 11 April - Art and craft activities for children -10.00am to 4.30pm

Sunday 12 April - Branwell’s About! - Branwell tells the Brontë story; performances in the Parsonage garden - 2.30 & 3.30pm

Monday 13 April - Special drama performances - scenes from Jane Eyre performed throughout the day in the Parsonage garden

All events are free on payment of normal admission charge to the museum

For further details contact the museum on 01535 642323/ bronte@bronte.org.uk/ www.bronte.info

Richard Wilcocks adds:

Andrew has been performing in role as Branwell for several years now. If you haven't  seen him in Branwell's About yet, now's your chance. It's educational in the best sense of the word, involves members of the audience (I remember one occasion when he delighted a Danish contingent on the lawn) and it's......funny.

Below, Andrew McCarthy at the opening of the new exhibition:

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