image for Exhibition item typeCharlotte Great and Small at Bronte Parsonage Museum

Exhibition, Fri 1 Apr 2016 - Sun 1 Jan 2017




Lauren Livesey

01535 640188


Church Street,
BD22 8DR

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Our creative partner for Charlotte Brontë’s bicentenary year, Tracy Chevalier, designs an exhibition which, through objects and quotations, explores the contrast between Charlotte’s constricted life and her huge ambition. At Haworth she and her sisters lived in confined spaces, sharing beds and all working together in one room. They created miniature books and magazines, and Charlotte ruined her eyesight by writing, drawing and painting on such a small scale. Despite being so contained, however, she also had big ideas about the kind of life she wanted and the contribution she expected to make to literature.

Highlights include Charlotte’s child-size clothes, tiny books and paintings she made, a scrap from a dress she wore to an important London dinner party, and a moving love letter loaned by the British Library especially for the bicentenary. Quotes from Charlotte’s letters and writings will be projected onto the walls to demonstrate the scale of her hopes and dreams.

Contemporary art installations will also be displayed throughout the Parsonage, with UK and international artists responding to the idea of the miniature. These will include a small bed embroidered with words by and about all of the Brontës, as well as a Knitted Jane Eyre!

Exhibition is free with admission to the Museum.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Heritage Education Trust - Sandford Award Winner.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 1 Apr 2016 - Sun 1 Jan 2017
The Museum and Shop will be open every day from:
10am - 5.30pm (last admission 5.00pm) April to October
10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm) November to March
except 24-27 December, 2016. and January 4-31, 2016. (Museum open New Year's Day 12 noon to 5pm).


Exhibition is free with admission to the Museum.

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    Map reference: SE 029372  Lat: 53.83106 Long: -1.95741

    By Train
    From Keighley Railway Station. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway runs steam trains between Keighley and Haworth at weekends, bank holidays and daily in summer. For more information on trains and train timetables:
    *From KWVR Haworth Railway Station, The Parsonage is 6 min walk via Main St and Bridgehouse Ln/B6142.

    By Bus
    Regular bus services run from Keighley Bus Station to Haworth - 663 - 664 - 665 - 720
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    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

    Heritage Education Trust - Sandford Award Winner.