THE TITLE of the new exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage Museum is The Brontës, War and Waterloo.

At first the connection between these may not be immediately apparent, however with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo upon us this exhibition intends to bring to light the importance of war and the Battle of Waterloo on the Brontë family.

Haworth sits at the top of a hill in the Worth Valley surrounded by the Pennine moors.

The Main Street of the village looks much as it ever did; it is a captured moment in time that has altered little. While there have been some changes, photographs show that it would not be unrecognisable to the Brontë family who moved there in 1820.

Post-War Britain is most often used to describe the period after 1945 at the end of World War Two. It is a period commemorated in Haworth every year with the 1940s weekend, a time that takes in both during and after the war.

Whilst this is the first image that would come to our modern mind, it is not the only Post-War Britain to have existed. In 1815 the Battle of Waterloo was fought and won, the following year Charlotte Brontë was born and was swiftly followed by her brother and two younger sisters.

The eldest Brontë children, Maria and Elizabeth, had been born in 1814 and 1815 which was during the Napoleonic Wars.

Though Haworth may seem now to be a quiet place, certainly far away from these battles on the European continent, it was not completely isolated as it was near the industrial Bradford.

Despite the end of the Napoleonic wars, conflict and warfare were a part of society and Wellington was a family hero for the Brontës.

It is with this information that the new exhibition has been shaped, recognising the role of their heroes in their Juvenilia and later writings, and the role of war in life of the Brontës.

It takes a great deal of time and effort to get an exhibition off the ground and this concept was just the starting point. From this idea themes were decided and the text panels were written.

Usually this is a job that would be completed by the Collections team at the museum but this exhibition had a unique opportunity to work in conjunction with an academic studying the Brontës and their writing.

Once the panel copy has been collated, the text has to be edited and transferred to the text panels. These panels will have images and currently we are investigating options for these.

At the same time objects are being picked, making sure each one fits in with the case and text panel theme.

It is from there that the object labels will be written and printed, the Brontës and Animals exhibition will be removed and The Brontës, War and Waterloo will take its place on March 16.