LATE JUNE at the Parsonage saw the installation, preview and opening of The Silent Wild, the latest addition to our successful Contemporary Arts programme.

Yorkshire-based artist and curator Diane Howse has collaborated with a team of creatives to produce a unique and thought-provoking artistic response to lives and legacies of the Brontë family, and we’re thrilled that it’s now in place.

The exhibition examines how the silent processes of reading and writing – conjuring the silent shapes of the written word on a page – have the power to conjure whole worlds of sound, noise and commotion, which echo down the years.

The Silent Wild is a genuinely collaborative endeavour, which features talents from the worlds of photography, poetry, choreography and film working together across their various art forms.

The dining room at the Parsonage provided the initial inspiration for a film that was developed and made in partnership with Salts Mill and shot on location there, and the finished film will now screen in the dining room for the duration of the exhibition.

The Silent Wild runs until September 25, and entrance is free with admission to the museum.

Visitors often comment on how lovely the Parsonage garden is and June has been no exception, thanks to our volunteer gardeners Jenny, Geoff, Steve and Chris (and Stanley the Jack Russell).

There will be a chance to meet the green-fingered team on July 12 as we will be holding a Garden Open Day at the museum. Come along between 10am and 5.30pm and get yourself a cutting from the Parsonage borders in return for one of your own plants or a small donation. Light refreshments will be available.

Emily Brontë was born on July 30 and we will be marking the 198th anniversary of her birth with a special programme of events on August 2.

Tickets for this very special occasion are limited to just 30 people. Ticket holders will ride on the steam train between Keighley and Haworth and hear a talk by railway historian David Pearson before transferring to a vintage bus which will take them to the top of the village.

There will be the opportunity to wander around Haworth and have lunch in one of the many cafes or pubs before gathering at the Parsonage.

The afternoon will be spent looking around the museum, hearing a talk on Emily Brontë and participating in a guided walk up to Penistone Hill in order to see the wild landscape which inspired Wuthering Heights before having tea and homemade cake to celebrate Emily’s birthday.

Guests will then travel back to Oxenhope via the vintage bus in order to catch the steam train back to Keighley.

We do hope you will want to join us on this special day. Tickets cost £20 for adults, £17.50 for concessions, £10 for children or £45 for a family ticket of two adults and two children. They can be booked via our website or by emailing