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Haworth's Bronte Parsonage Museum launches new visitor guide
The Brontë Parsonage Museum has released its first new guidebook since 1998.
The glossy brochure has been published following last year’s major refurbishment of the parsonage.
The text has been updated so that it takes into account changes to displays at the Haworth museum over the past 15 years.
The new 48-page guidebook also includes the findings from recent research into the history of the Parsonage’s furnishings.
The museum teamed up with specialist publishers Scala to prepare the book, which contains 59 colour photographs.
The 1998 guidebook was written by Kathryn White, a former curator of the museum, and Ann Dinsdale, who is currently the collections manager.
Ann, who extensively revised the original text for the new version, said the book was the museum’s official guide.
She said: “It has been updated to include new images and the new rooms.
“We’ve worked with Scala, who have a well-respected reputation for doing guidebooks and heritage books.”
Ann is a prolific writer about both the Brontë family and the village of Haworth.
Last year she wrote two books, The Brontës at Haworth and At Home with the Brontës.
The first, published by Frances Lincoln, was an account of the Brontës’ life and work set within the social and historic context of Haworth at the time.
The second book, from Amberley Publishing, accompanied last year’s exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage Museum which focused on the building and its inhabitants through the years.
The exhibition revealed the findings of decorative archaeologists who had studied what the Parsonage would have looked like in the 19th century when the Brontë sisters were writing their novels.
Drawing on the same research, the parsonage was extensively refurbished, with rooms restored to their original state complete with furniture, fittings and stationery from the Brontë period.
The Brontë Parsonage Museum guidebook is on sale in the museum shop.