Friday, 17 July 2009

Media Release - Free Local Residents' Admission to Brontë Parsonage Launches Development Project

For immediate release

Admission to the Brontë Parsonage Museum will be free to local residents on Saturday 8 August.

The Brontë Parsonage Museum was recently awarded £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support an exciting new development project. The project will focus on renewing the presentation of the historic rooms of the Parsonage with new interpretation for visitors, young and old; new object cases and displays, and a programme of events for local people to come and find out more about the museum and get involved in the project.

This programme will kick off on Saturday 8 August when local residents of BD20, 21 & 22 will be able to visit the museum completely free of charge. All that’s needed is a recent utility bill or other official proof of address which can be shown at the museum entrance. In addition to having the chance to look around the Parsonage, see the museum’s newly refurbished exhibition area and a new exhibition focusing on the Brontës’ reprobate brother, Branwell, there will also be a chance for locals to make suggestions about what changes they’d like to see in the museum through a visitor survey.

There will also be special open evenings at the museum on 15 and 23 September when locals can enjoy a guided walk around the Parsonage, visit the museum’s Library and take part in a Brontë treasures workshop to help staff with new displays which will focus on Haworth in the Brontës’ time. Places will be limited for these evenings and so booking is required. For further details and bookings, contact the museum on 01535 640192/

''This is a great opportunity for local people to come along and enjoy a free visit to the museum and also for us to find out a bit more about what locals think of the museum. This project will help us include more about the history of Haworth in the museum’s presentation but also involve the local community of today.''

Andrew McCarthy

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