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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Summer fun

News release from the Parsonage:
There’s a packed programme of activities for visitors to the Parsonage this summer holiday. Throughout August the museum will be offering a varied programme of free activities for all - whether an avid Brontë fan, casual visitor, or a family on a day out - there will be something of interest for everyone.

My favourite Object!  The Parsonage contains so many wonderful objects and manuscripts it’s hard to pick a favourite, but that’s what the staff and volunteers have had to do for this series of five minute talks. Every weekday at 2.00pm you can come and listen to one of them telling the stories behind some of the most intriguing items we have in our collection, from the huge brass dog collar to a pair of Brontë stockings!

Talks and Walks  Listen to an informal talk about the fascinating lives of the Bronte family and then join a short guided walk around Haworth and explore what Haworth was really like in their day.  Discover why Patrick fired a pistol from his bedroom window every morning, and how the Reverend William Grimshaw forced reluctant parishioners into church on a Sunday. Every Tuesday in August.

Wild Wednesdays!  Discover a different activity every Wednesday throughout August.

Wednesday August 3rd Join poet Anne Caldwell in creating a writing trail inside and outside the Parsonage on the theme of ‘Wild’ and ‘Tame’.

Wednesday August 10th Make your own wallet inspired by Branwell’s very own,  out of recycled materials with local artist Rachel Lee.

Wednesday August 17th Storyteller Christine McMahon weave magic in the museum as she tells traditional northern folk tales.

Wednesday August 24th Come along and sit in a special silhouette chair and have your portrait created by artist Simon Warner; better still, have a go yourself and immortalise your  friends and family!

Wednesday 31st August  Create some beautiful rubbings from a tree planted by Charlotte, carved with intricate illustrations from the Brontë  childhood Tales of the Islanders’.

All events are free with usual admission charge to the museum. Please check the website for full details of events and admission charges –

Following the busy summer period, the museum will be hosting its second Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing from 16-18 September. The weekend features talks, readings, workshops and family activities all celebrating and showcasing women’s writing. Speakers include novelist Barbara Trapido and Moira Buffini, screenwriter for the new film version of Jane Eyre, which is released in September. The full programme will be released very shortly, and you can sign up to our mailing list to receive the full programme as soon as it is available: / 01535 640188.