Bronte family lived in the Haworth Parsonage from 1820 to Patrick's
death in 1861. The Bronte Society who own and manage the Parsonage
have, wherever possible, restored the rooms to the way they appeared
in the early 1850s.
people who have never picked up a Bronte novel may be fascinated
by the glimpses the building provides of middle class life at this
and see it. You will be given a brief and easily digested leaflet
when you arrive which provides a guided tour of the Museum.
sampler made by the Bronte sisters
can also prepare for your visit by taking the virtual tour provided
by the Bronte Societys website which provides additional information.
You might then want to revise any image you might have of Patrick
Bronte when you know that during their courtship, Maria, his future
wife, addressed him in a letter as "My Dear Saucy Pat."
you go around the house you may conclude that this was no ordinary
family. Patrick Bronte encouraged his children to read the newspapers
and journals of the day and this is evident in their earliest writing
which survives in the "little books." Curator Rachel Terry
observes that there is a "wonderful mix of reality and fantasy"
in the juvenilia. The imaginary worlds of Angria and Gondal have
been influenced by the politics of the day.
of Charlotte Bronte
much on show on the house was actually used by the Brontes - the
sofa on which Emily died, the clock which Patrick would wind each
night before going to bed, Charlottes paintbox and the collar
worn by Keeper, Emily's dog, are just a few of these items.
The Parsonage was extended by Patrick Bronte's successor and this
additional space is used as an exhibition area.
it is not possible, because of space and in the interests of conservation,
to have all the museums collections on display at any one
time, at least one bonnet, dress and sampler will always be on show.
Visitors are often surprised by the small size of Charlottes
dress and shoes.
dress worn by Charlotte Bronte
its founding in 1893 the Bronte Society has amassed the worlds
largest collection of Bronteana. Despite this, parts of manuscripts
may be still scattered in collections across the world and, although
we now seem to know so much about their lives, there are still considerable
gaps in our knowledge.
now, new Bronte items still come to light. Most recently the Museum
has acquired part of a letter in Charlotte’s handwriting in which
she discusses her trousseau. Charlotte writes that her original
intention had not been to wear white at her wedding. The letter
will be on display later this year together with Charlotte’s wedding
veil and bonnet.
Parsonage is also home to the Bronte Society's Library which contains
many original documents . Use of the Library is available by appointment,
and on payment of a small fee. The collection includes both original
manuscripts as well as later works about the Brontes.