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image for Exhibition item typePatrick Brontë: In Sickness and in Health at Bronte Parsonage Museum

Exhibition, Fri 17 May 2019 - Wed 1 Jan 2020

Patrick Brontë

Patrick Brontë

Address

Church Street,
Haworth,
BD22 8DR

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Details

We are delighted to present a new exhibition, Patrick Brontë: In Sickness and in Health. The Brontë siblings are as famous for their deaths as they are for their novels and poetry, and tragically Patrick Brontë outlived all his children, as well as his wife. Our 2019 exhibition explores how illness, poor health and death plagued his life.

Although tragic, the Brontë deaths were unremarkable in an over-crowded village where 46% of children died before reaching
the age of six. The average life expectancy was twenty-five years, which corresponded with that of some of the unhealthiest districts of London. Patrick campaigned relentlessly for improvements to public health, but sadly, these came too late to benefit
his own family. As a minister, Patrick was expected to have an informed knowledge on how best to advise and assist those of his parishioners who couldn’t afford medical treatment. His medical text books, which will be collectively on display for the first time, provide us with an insight into his determination to aid the sick and document his own fascinating discoveries.

Highlights of the exhibition include the handkerchief used by Anne Brontë and spotted with blood from her infected lungs; Patrick’s medical manuals heavily annotated with his own experiences; Charlotte’s pillbox, which still has pills inside; Patrick’s tobacco pipe and the extensive collection of spectacles owned by the Brontë family. Thanks to a loan from Thackray Medical Museum, we will also display the type of ophthalmic instruments which would have been used to perform Patrick’s cataract surgery and a laudanum bottle, similar to those bought by Branwell from the apothecary in Haworth.

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

Children welcomeDisabled access

Heritage Education Trust - Sandford Award Winner.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 17 May 2019 - Wed 1 Jan 2020
See the Brontë website for opening times.

Prices

See the Brontë website for details.

Location

Directions

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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: kwvr.co.uk
*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: www.keighleybus.co.uk/

Parking: with charge

Facilities

  • 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
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

Heritage Education Trust - Sandford Award Winner.