KEIGHLEY MP Robbie Moore has described the Brontë Parsonage Museum as a “valuable asset” for the local area.

He spoke after visiting the Haworth literary shine two days before it reopened to the public last Saturday following several months of Covid-imposed closure.

His comments came this week as the Brontë Society announced jobs at the museum were under threat of redundancy due to lack of revenue.

Mr Moore said: “The Bronte Parsonage is a valuable asset for the constituency, and in the literary and historical world puts Haworth on the map.

“I’m glad they’ve been able to open up again and I would encourage anyone who is interested in literature or the history of our area to pay them a visit.”

The museum, based at the former home of the famous Bronte sisters, is opening five days a week rather its usual seven.

Mr Moore said museum bosses insisted they had taken all necessary safety measures, with social distancing enforced, masks available and cleanliness a top priority.

He added: “The operators go further, suggesting that visitors now have the opportunity to get a ‘more intimate view’ of the iconic parsonage which are the ‘crown jewels’ of the constituency.”

A museum spokesman said: “We have worked hard to make the museum a safe and welcoming environment for our staff, volunteers and visitors and are looking forward to sharing our world class collection with people from near and far.”