THE CLOCKS have changed, and we’re enjoying the most beautiful crisp autumn days in Haworth.

I had a fantastic day with school children from Oakworth and Lees primary schools last week.

A number of year five and year six children are working with us on a project with orchestra Sinfonia Viva, who joined us for a day of being inspired by Charlotte Bronte!

The end result of this creative work will be a performance in St Michael’s Church in Haworth on Tuesday, November 29 at 6.30pm.

I took a group of children on a guided walk to help give them an idea of what Haworth and the Parsonage was like in the time of the Brontes, and they were particularly interested in the gory details – facts about mortality rates, decomposition and sharing privies went down a treat!

The clocks changing means we’ve moved to winter opening hours, and so our Charlotte Great and Small Exhibition is drawing to a close, which we all feel quite sad about.

It has been an overwhelming success – so if you haven’t yet got round to visiting, make sure you squeeze it in before the year ends.

If your thoughts are turning to Christmas shopping, you could combine a visit to the exhibition with a spot of late night Thursday shopping on November 17, as we’re open until 8pm. Visiting the museum on a November evening is rather magical.

And speaking of magical, we have a handful of tickets left for our final Parsonage Unwrapped event of the year - Treasures by Candlelight – so do call if you want to treat yourself or someone else to a special evening.

We’re very excited about the January events we have planned for the New Year.

The museum and shop are normally closed between January 2 and 31, whilst we carry out essential collection cleaning, and prepare the museum for the new exhibition, but we’re doing something a little different in 2017.

The shop will remain open throughout the month, and we have a series of events planned for the weekends.

We will be hosting an exclusive Parsonage Wrapped event, where you can join a member of the curatorial team to discover what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ in the closed period, as we put the house to bed.

There will be a talk by Samantha Ellis, author of a new fascinating biography on Anne Bronte, and award-winning production designer Grant Montgomery, from Sally Wainwright’s new biopic of the Brontes, To Walk Invisible, will join us to discuss how he re-created the 19th-century world of the Brontes.

And our final event of the month is a wintery walk around Haworth with award-winning storyteller Ursula Holden Gill. The walk starts and finishes in Branwell Bronte’s favourite haunt The Black Bull.

So if you fancy doing something a little different to cheer you up during January, come along to one of our January events – the perfect antidote to January blues! Details about tickets are on the website or call 01535 640192.