Museums at night invite in Haworth and Ingrow

Keighley News: Brontë Parsonage Museum library and collections officer Sarah Laycock prepares for the Museums at Night event Brontë Parsonage Museum library and collections officer Sarah Laycock prepares for the Museums at Night event

Treasures by candlelight are on offer during a special after-hours visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Meanwhile, the Museum of Real Travel at Ingrow will transform itself into a venue for live music.

Both museums are taking part in the national Museums At Night event this week.

The Parsonage in Haworth will give literature fans a rare chance to see another side of the Brontë shrine tomorrow.

Education officer Sue Newby will give visitors a guided tour of the Parsonage’s rooms by candlelight. Collections manager Ann Dinsdale will then let them have a rare close-up view of valuable Brontë items in the library, including manuscripts, pictures and objects owned by the Brontë family during the 19th century.

Sue said: “Ann will bring out some of the treasures people can normally only see behind glass.

“It’s the Haworth 1940s weekend, so we will also be speaking about things that happened during that time of the parsonage. We know a lot about the Mitchells, who were living here during the 1940s.”

There is no space to run guided tours during normal opening hours so this is a rare opportunity to get up close with the Brontë heritage.

The event begins at 9pm and costs £15. E-mail louisa.briggs@brontë.org.uk or call 01535 640188 to book a place.

The Museum of Real Travel, run by the Vintage Carriages Trust at Ingrow Railway Station, will tonight host Haworth Ukulele Group and hand drummers Drum Space.

Ben ‘Blue’ Waters will be among performers at a blues and roots night tomorrow and everyone is welcome to join in playing at a session of folk-themed music on Saturday.

The museum will be open from teatime until 9pm each evening, with music beginning at about 7.30pm.

Admission is free and the museum’s collection of vintage railway carriages and artefacts will be available for viewing.

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