AS HAWORTH recovers from its 1940s weekend, we’re gearing up for our Summer Festival weekend in June.

We are very excited about the return of a very important picture to the Parsonage, and the installing of a new temporary exhibition.

Between June 1 and August 31 , one of the National Portrait Gallery’s most important pictures returns to its original home.

The only known surviving portrait of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë together was painted by their 17-year-old brother Branwell in 1834.

The painting was kept by Charlotte’s husband, Mr Nicholls, and after his death it was discovered folded up on the top of a wardrobe, hence its creased appearance!

It was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1914, and this will be its first return to the Parsonage since 1984, so this is a great opportunity to see the original back where it was created.

And another reason to visit the museum in the summer months is to see our new temporary exhibition, Wings of Desire, by Kate Whiteford, a must for lovers of birds of prey.

The exhibition explores Emily’s hawk, Nero, through film and photography, and runs until July 23.

Visitors will be able to watch a short film depicting a birds-eye view of the landscape around the Parsonage and across the moors to Top Withins, and enjoy a series of photographs.

The exhibition is free with admission to the museum.

Our Summer Festival weekend events are selling fast, but if you’re interested in hearing a talk about Haworth in the 1920s (when the Parsonage museum first opened), and being enlightened about all things gothic by a History Wardrobe presentation, then we have tickets for both events on Friday, June 8.

If you’re an early bird, you might enjoy a Saturday morning talk on 9 June by Carol Dyhouse on Women’s Fantasies and Heathcliff.

On the Saturday night, we have the Guardian columnist Lucy Mangan playing quizmaster at the ultimate Brontë mastermind quiz.

Participation is not compulsory – come along and have fun watching others struggling to answer questions on all things Brontë!

We have something a little unique on Saturday June 23 – a walk with swing!

If you fancy a short walk up to Penistone Hill, which involves an element of spoken word and performance, then join poet and children’s writer John Agard, poet Sarala Estruch and actor and writer Joe Williams (founder of Leeds Black History Walk).

They will lead a walk of Brontë pathways and moorlands.

The walk will last approximately one hour and once it is finished, will be followed by chat, commentary and performances in the aptly-namedBranwell Suite, Old White Lion, Haworth.

If any local community groups are interested in taking part, please get in touch – you’d be more than welcome to join us on this fascinating walk!

Details of all the above events and ticket prices are available on our website.

Visit or call 01535 640192 to find out more about all the upcoming events at the Parsonage Museum in Haworth.