Brontë 200 - Mansions in the Sky

Exhibition curated by Simon Armitage, our 2017 creative partner

February 01st 2017 10:00am - January 01st 2018 05:00pm

Exhibition curated by Simon Armitage, our 2017 creative partner

Who was Branwell Brontë? This new exhibition, curated by poet Simon Armitage, invites us inside the mind and world of the notorious Brontë brother in a search for answers to this question. Inspired by an early poem sent to William Wordsworth by the optimistic and precocious twenty-year old, Armitage explores Branwell’s colourful personal history through his writings, drawings and possessions, displayed at the Parsonage alongside newly created installations.  
Highlights include a series of new poems by Armitage in response to Branwell’s belongings in the Museum collection, a dramatic recreation of Branwell’s studio designed in collaboration with the production team of the BBC’s To Walk Invisible, and the actual letter and poem posted to Wordsworth, loaned by the Wordsworth Trust especially for the bicentenary. In delving into the life and times of the infamous Branwell, Mansions in the Sky will provoke new insights into the charismatic and complicated brother of Charlotte, Emily and Anne. 

Exhibition free with admission to the Museum.
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One has to ask: why did Wordsworth keep the letter?

barbara saunders at 30/06/2017 12:13pm

Well done to Simon and all involved - a wonderful exhibition, and the reproduction of Branwell's studio is very atmospheric.

Nick Holland at 05/03/2017 10:49am

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