THE BRONTË Parsonage Museum has welcomed its first visitors of the year.

The Haworth attraction reopened its doors last week after staff spent January cleaning the exhibits and installing new displays.

First through the doors were a Mr and Mrs Hemingway, who had travelled from Manchester after seeing Brontë movie To Walk Invisible over Christmas.

The couple wanted to see the real rooms where the Brontë sisters had lived and wrote their novels, after seeing the painstakingly-recreated replicas in the BBC film.

The Hemingways received a signed copy of the book At Home With the Brontes, written by the museum’s principal curator Ann Dinsdale.

As the Hemingways wandered around the parsonage they were able to see costumes, props and behind-the-seen photographs from To Walk Invisible, which was partly filmed in Haworth.

They could also see a new recreation of Branwell Brontë’ studio, created with help from the BBC production designers, who had themselves consulted museum staff while building their parsonage sets.