Parsonage celebrations mark Charlotte Brontë’s bicentenary

Tracy Chevalier lays a floral tribute from Thornton in the garden  at the Parsonage Museum, Haworth  to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bront�.    Picture by Tony Johnson
Tracy Chevalier lays a floral tribute from Thornton in the garden at the Parsonage Museum, Haworth to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bront�. Picture by Tony Johnson
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QUEUES of literary lovers were waiting at the doors of the Brontë Parsonage Museum today to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë.

Among the highlights of the party-like celebrations at the Haworth museum and school rooms were live music, the laying of floral tributes and a special cake baked by Great British Bake Off contestant Sandy Docherty.

Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte

While April 21 marks the Jane Eyre author’s birthday, the Museum and the Brontë Society have been marking the bicentenary of Charlotte’s birth all year, and American writer and Brontë enthusiast Tracy Chevalier, who is working with the Museum as a creative partner throughout 2016, said there was much more to come to celebrate the “most unusual” of all the Brontës. Talks, debates and even a Twitter tour of the Museum’s current exhibition, Charlotte Great and Small, are planned.

Events included the laying of two floral tributes, one of which had been made from flowers at Charlotte’s birthplace of Thornton, and transported by a peloton of riders from Otley Cycling Club.

John Thirlwell, chair of the Brontë Society said it has been a “magical” day.

Sarah Laycock, right, Library Collections officer at the  Parsonage Museum in Haworth, shows Michelle Mettrick Mrs Maria Bront�'s book  as visitors celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bront�. Picture by Tony Johnson

Sarah Laycock, right, Library Collections officer at the Parsonage Museum in Haworth, shows Michelle Mettrick Mrs Maria Bront�'s book as visitors celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bront�. Picture by Tony Johnson