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Bronte inspiration is in the spotlight
A photograph of Top Withens by Simon Warner, from the Ways to the Stonehouse exhibition at the Bronte Parsonage Museum
Top Withens, the reputed inspiration for Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, is the focus of a new exhibition at Haworth’s Parsonage Museum.
Ways to the Stonehouse uses photographs and drawings to document the gradual deterioration of the former farmhouse.
It includes a sketch by poet Sylvia Plath, who visited Top Withens with her husband, fellow poet Ted Hughes, in 1956.
The exhibition has been created by photographer and filmmaker Simon Warner, whose own pictures are also featured.
And there is photographic work produced by two community groups from Keighley while on a series of moorland walks.
A Bronte Parsonage spokesman said the exhibition was part of the Haworth museum’s contemporary arts programme.
She said: “Simon’s videos appear either in miniature, nestled within the accoutrements of the daily life of the Bronte family, or projected onto the walls of the family home.
“The exhibition imaginatively highlights how the lives of the three Bronte sisters were entwined with the landscape, its influence on their aspirations and inspirations, and a landscape which played such a role within their work.”
The exhibition has grown out of Simon’s time as artist-in-residence for the Watershed Landscape project, which promotes the South Pennines moorland.
Ways to the Stonehouse opens tonight with a private view, and is open to the public from tomorrow until December 3.