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Exhibition celebrates life and work of Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte Credit: PA

An exhibition celebrating the life of Charlotte Bronte opens at the National Portrait Gallery today.

It includes portraits, personal belongings and manuscripts belonging to the eldest of the three Bronte sisters to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth on April 21st.

"Celebrating Charlotte Bronte", which runs until August 14th, celebrates one of the most celebrated authors of the 19th century. Her novels, which include "Jane Eyre" (1847), "Shirley" (1849) and "Vilette" (1853) continue to capture the imaginations of readers today.

The display explores Brontë’s life and literary career through portraits and includes treasures on loan from the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.

Central to the display will be the presentation of new research into the only surviving painted portraits of Charlotte with her two sisters, Emily and Anne, by their brother Branwell, in the Gallery’s Collection. This will explore the intriguing story of its discovery folded on top of a wardrobe, subsequent acquisition by the Gallery and its restoration.

The Bronte sisters Credit: PA



Closure of Mablethorpe school is the 'only option'

No future for school

Mablethorpe's only secondary school is to close, due to financial problems and falling pupil numbers.

Governors at Monks' Dyke Tennyson College voted for closure in October and now a formal decision has been taken for the school to shut. Students will instead be taught at the school's other campus in Louth.

It was an extremely difficult decision for governors to make proposing closure of the Mablethorpe site, but faced with financial pressures due to a significant decline in school numbers, there was really no other option. All school children deserve the best educational opportunities and this couldn't be guaranteed in these circumstances.

Based on all the evidence put before the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee, I have made the decision to close the school. However, I have listened to the views of the scrutiny committee and those of the local action group – we will not dispose of the Mablethorpe site or use it for other purposes for the next 12 months to allow time for alternative education proposals to be put together.

– Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children's Services
A demonstration outside the school in October

Bereaved mother backs child safety campaign

A bereaved mother from South Yorkshire is backing a new campaign to put the safety of children back at the heart of all decisions made by the family courts.

Claire Throssell's two sons Jack and Paul Sykes, were just 12 and nine when they were were killed by her ex husband Darren Sykes after he set alight his house in Penistone.

Paul and Jack Sykes

Claire is backing the 'Child First' campaign launched by Women's Aid. It calls on the Government and family courts 'to put the safety of children back at the heart of all decisions made by the family court judiciary'.

It is to coincide with the charity's 'Nineteen Child Homicides' report which highlights the cases of 19 children all intentionally killed by a parent who was also a known perpetrator of domestic abuse.

Backing campaign: Claire Throssell

No other parent should have to comfort their children as they die knowing that it has been done maliciously and if this campaign can highlight what needs to change and keep people and children safer then Jack and Paul's deaths haven't been in vain

– Claire Throssell
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