Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Finally, after a very hectic month, hampered by the appalling weather in early January and with many surprizes and mishaps along the way, the redevelopment work at the museum is complete. There's new interpretation to improve the information available for visitors, beautiful new cases fashioned from English oak with new displays and new object labelling, and improvements to the decoration of the house too. The work has hugely improved the way in which the museum's remarkable collection is displayed and there is more of that collection now available for visitors to enjoy, including various new acquisitions; a tiny Charlotte Brontë poetry manuscript and Emily Brontë's artist's box purchased at Christies and Sothebys respectively, in December. There are also several items acquired through our Brontëana surgery detailed in a previous posting and items never previously exhibited at the museum, including a pair of Charlotte Brontë's stockings! The museum's thanks go to everyone who has supported the project including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Idlewild Trust, the Charlotte Bonham Carter Charitable Trust and the Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation, as well as people in and around Haworth who supported the programme of community events.