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Plans to celebrate 200th anniversary of Brontes' births

Charlotte Bronte Credit: PA

It is 199 years today since the novelist and poet Charlotte Bronte was born - and plans to celebrate next year's bicentenary of her birth will be unveiled later today. The Brontë Society will launch Bronte 200 at the parsonage in Haworth where the literary family lived. The programme of events will also commemorate the births of Charlotte's three siblings, Branwell, in 2017, Emily, in 2018 and Anne, in 2020.

The Society also plans to commemorate Patrick Brontë in 2019, 200 years after he was invited to take up the Parson's role in Haworth.

The bicentenaries of the Brontë siblings provide a tremendous opportunity for the Brontë Society to celebrate the legacy of the Brontës across the globe. We recognise that arts organisations, museums and individuals will want to help us mark these special anniversaries and look forward to building new partnerships and reaching new audiences during the five-year programme."

– . Matthew Withey, Chair of the Brontë Society > Bicentenary Committee, said:

Rare Bronte masterpiece on display

Rare miniature portrait by Charlotte Bronte Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A rare miniature portrait by Charlotte Bronte is to go on public display for the first time at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in West Yorkshire.

The portrait of an East Yorkshire farmer's wife called Mrs Hudson was painted by Charlotte on a visit to their farm near Bridlington in 1839.

The painting was feared lost until the turn of this century when it was bought by a collector. It has now been acquired by The Bronte Society which runs the museum at Haworth.


Campaign to save Bronte birthplace

Campaigners have warned that time is running out to save the birthplace of the Bronte sisters.

The Bronte Birthplace Trust are planning a meeting to prevent the house in Thornton, near Bradford, being sold privately.

They are calling on Bradford Council to buy the house.


Wind mast approval: Bronte Society response

The Bronte Society has reacted to the approval of a planning application for a wind mast on Thornton Moor with disappointment

We feel that this decision demonstrates a regrettable lack of consideration for a heritage landscape which is unique, as well as a complete disregard for the negative impact which this will have upon the environment and the local economy. Although the wind mast itself will be in place for a limited period, after which the mast will be removed, the structure will, for that period of time, be visible from the Haworth moorlands, and is likely to be followed up with four enormous turbines.

– Bronte Society
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