A LONDON museum is staging an exhibition to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë.

Charlotte Brontë At The Soane will be on display in the breakfast room of Sir John Soane?s Museum from March 15 to May 7.

The “quirky and imaginative” exhibition features a selection of treasures, including newly discovered sketches of the Brontë sisters, drawn by their sister Anne, on display to the public for the first time.

There will also be the miniscule account book in which Charlotte Brontë noted down all the expenses of her visits to London, and the dress she wore when taking trips to the city, which will be returning to the capital for the first time since her original visit.

Following the meteoric success of Jane Eyre in 1847, Charlotte made five trips to London from 1848 to 1851 to see her publisher.

The exhibition's curator Charlotte Cory uses these trips to imagine a visit by the author to Sir John Soane?s Museum inspired by its uniquely preserved surroundings.

Charlotte, an artist and writer, has used the links between Brontë and Soane to build a fun and witty scenario for the exhibition.

She said: “There is no evidence that Charlotte Brontë visited the Soane – but she should have done! She would have loved the place.”

The building at No. 13 Lincoln?s Inn Fields has been a public museum since the early 19th century, in memory of the Royal Academy’s Professor of Architecture, who arranged his books, classical antiquities, casts and models so that architecture students could access them.

The museum offers free admission and is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10am and 5pm, and the first Tuesday evening of each month from 6pm to 9pm. Visit soane.org for further information.