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Exhibition:Defying Expectations at Bronte Parsonage Museum

Exhibition, Wed 2 Feb 2022 - Sun 1 Jan 2023

Defying Expectations

Defying Expectations

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Church Street,
BD22 8DR

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Wed 2 Feb - Sun 1 Jan Defying Expectations
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This brand new exhibition, co-curated with costume historian Dr Eleanor Houghton, places focus on some of the remarkable garments and accessories worn by Charlotte Brontë.

These brightly coloured, fashionable, even exotic items boldly challenge the preconception that Brontë and her famous protagonist Jane Eyre were, at least in terms of dress, one and the same. The clothes draw attention to both Charlotte’s ordinary and extraordinary lives but also remind us that she was an active participant of the fast-changing mid-nineteenth century.

Items on display include Charlotte's wedding bonnet and veil, and a never-before-displayed dress worn by Charlotte Brontë in London following the publication of 'Jane Eyre'

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

Heritage Education Trust - Sandford Award Winner.

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 2 Feb 2022 - Sun 1 Jan 2023 10:00 to 17:00
The Brontë Parsonage Museum and shop are open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm.
Admission to the Museum is currently by pre-booked timed ticket.


Admission to the Museum is currently by pre-booked timed ticket.

Admission prices -

Adult - £11.00
Adult 65+ - £9.00
Concession* - £7.50
Child - £4.50 (Under 5s free)
Family ticket - £26.00 (Up to 2 adults and 4 children) or £13.00 (One adult and one child)

*Concessions apply to students, disabled people, people in receipt of a means-tested benefit, Blue Light cardholders and residents of BD20, BD21 and BD22. Please be prepared to provide proof of status.


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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 - B1 - B2 - B3
For help in planning your journey by public transport, please visit:

Parking: with charge


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • 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.