The following article was written by Jenna Holmes, Arts Officer for the Bronte Parsonage Museum, January 2013

Refurbishment in progress: In January and early February the Museum was closed to the public, but behind the scenes we were having the busiest weeks of the year. A team of specialist decorators carried out the first redecorating of the Parsonage in 25 years, with new bespoke wallpapers, paint colours, curtains and painstakingly woven rugs. The project has been a very exciting one, and has taken two years in development, using up-to-date forensic techniques by academics at the University of Lincoln. The Museum also used archive references including Bronte letters, scraps of original wallpaper and watercolours in our collection to find out how the house would have looked when the Brontes lived here. The house now looks much as it did in the 1830s and 40s but also includes some of the features that Charlotte introduced as part of her facelift for the house during the early 1850s (when she spent some of the income she had earned from Jane Eyre, Shirley and Villette).

You will need to visit the Parsonage to see the new scheme in its full glory – and there will probably be a few surprises for those who know the museum well! – but here are a few examples of what we’ve been up to:

In the Dining Room-often the focus of the house because it’s the room in which the sisters’ famous novels were written – we’ve reintroduced Charlotte’s own decorative scheme from the early 1850s, using details from her correspondence. The curtains are still in the process of being specially woven, in crimson, to match Elizabeth Gaskell’s description: ‘The parlour has evidently been refurbished within the last few years….The prevailing colour of the room is crimson…’ Forensic analysis told us this room was papered both before and after the time of Charlotte’s ‘gentrification’, and the paper we have chosen is a contemporary design, in scarlet to match the curtains.

One of the most dramatic changes is in Mr. Bronte’s study, which is now a pretty pale green. Clear evidence existed that this room was papered, and that there were several shades of green used. The panelling for the door was picked out in one shade, and the surrounding areas another. The wallpaper is reproduced from one of the period to match.

We hope that you will come along and visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum to see the final result. The Museum is open every day from 11am -5pm in March. Church Street, Haworth BD22 8DR 01535 642323

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The Brontes & Haworth-An Overview

This will be a lengthy series.  It is one of the most interesting and my personal favorite trip my love and I took.  The Bronte sisters are famed for their wonderful writings, such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.  We will travel through their lives on the Moors and the Parsonage they lived in.  There will be a personal look at how they lived and died, as well as their daily lives.  My love and I strolled through the narrow and steep cobblestoned streets of Haworth Village and stopped at one of the restaurants to eat breakfast.  I love those big english breakfasts, so guess what I had!  We took pictures along the trip up and down the street which is lined with stone front houses that have been converted into shops.  It is old and quaint and lovely.  We stopped at a candy shop and he bought me some sweets.  The streets were very steep and there is new construction going on, so we did not climb all the way to the top but did stop along the way to go into several different shops.  After walking through Haworth we headed down the street to the Bronte Parsonage Museum.  This is the house that the Brontes lived in and it is connected to the Parsonage.  When you first walk up to the Bronte Parsonage Museum there is a good sized graveyard right in front of the house.  It was packed with headstones row after row of people who had died.  It is a standing testament to how very hard life was for these people.  We did walk around the graveyard and looked at the headstones.  Many had died by the age of 25 and there were many babies buried there as well.  It was truly heartbreaking to stand there and think about losing a baby and burying it next to your husband who had past as well.  So, if someone was going to the Parsonage, they would pass these resting places before going into the Parsonage.  I am sure many brought some flowers or a memento to place on a headstone or grave before attending church.  The look at the Brontes & Haworth will be quite a few sections, but I promise it to be interesting and a walk through these very talented writers’ lives.  The brochures we picked up are very well put together and they make you feel like you are living their lives with them.  It will be worth the length of this segment!  We will start the tour through The Bronte Parsonage Museum and it’s rooms…