Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Media Release - Special Invitation for Local Residents

MEDIA RELEASE - September 2009
For Immediate release

There will be two special open evenings at the Brontë Parsonage Museum on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 23 September when local people are invited to come along and enjoy privileged access to the museum. Wine and canapés will be served, followed by a guided tour of the museum and a special visit to the museum’s Library, not usually accessible to the public, to see some of the treasures of the museum’s collection at close quarters and discus with staff displays for 2010 focusing on Haworth in the Brontës’ time.

The evening events are taking place as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project. The project will focus on renewing the presentation of the historic rooms of the Parsonage with new interpretation for visitors, young and old, and new object cases and displays. These events are an opportunity for local people to see the museum, find out more about its collections and help museum staff with new displays for 2010.

Places are available for 15 or 23 September, 7.30pm. Places will be limited for these special evenings and so booking is required (with early booking recommended). For further details and bookings, contact the museum on 01535 640192/ sonia.boocock@bronte.org.uk

These open evenings are a great opportunity for local people to literally see behind the scenes at the museum and to gain an insight into the remarkably rich collection we have, of which only around 10% is displayed. This project aims to make more of the collection accessible, particularly that relating to Haworth’s social history, and to involve local people in the work we’re doing to improve the museum and the way it reflects the history of Haworth as well as the Brontë story.

Andrew McCarthy

Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 28,800 projects, allocating over £4.3 billion across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk.


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