Brontë 200 - Clare Twomey: Wuthering Heights – A Manuscript

Creating handwritten copy of Wuthering Heights

April 06th 2017 10:00am - January 01st 2018 05:00pm

Creating handwritten copy of Wuthering Heights

We have now finished writing all 34 chapters of Wuthering Heights. We would like to thank the 10,000 visitors who took part in this project during 2017.
The completed manuscript will now be bound into a book, and will be on display at the Museum from 17 February 2018.

Artist Clare Twomey invites visitors to the Museum to create a handwritten copy of Wuthering Heights. The original manuscript for Emily’s famous novel no longer survives, but in this new commission for the Brontë Parsonage Museum, over ten thousand visitors will each be invited to copy one line from the novel into a handmade book to be exhibited during 2018, Emily Brontë’s bicentenary year. Each participant will be gifted a pencil, commissioned by the artist, as a tool for further writing. Clare Twomey hopes that the act of sitting at a table in the house where Emily wrote her novel, and to hold a pencil and write, will build understanding of Emily and her determination to create the one published work of her lifetime. 
Clare Twomey is a British artist and a research fellow at the University of Westminster who works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works.  She has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts.
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During my visit to my beloved Haworth in August 2017, I became one of the 10,000 visitors to the Bronte Parsonage who took part in the 'Clare Twomey: Wuthering Heights - A Manuscript' project and it was such an honour and surprise to be able to take part in handwriting a sentence during my visit. I will never forget this and am thrilled to have a photo and of course the pencil. I hope I will be able to see the new commissioned manuscript now completed and bound that will be on display at the Bronte Parsonage in 2018. So exciting!

Julie Brayshaw at 14/01/2018 09:49am

I took part in this today and it was a great opportunity. Bit nerve wracking and yet we all seemed to take our turn in a very calm and civilised way!

Jayne Eyre at 15/08/2017 08:38pm

suct an imaginative idea the artist had. What will our pencils inspire us to produce?

Dianne Roberts at 08/05/2017 11:24am

Ms. Dinsdale will do it for me.

OSCAR ARNEDILLO MARTIN at 10/04/2017 06:24pm

Absolutely amazing. Such a good idea :) Really brings the museum to life and gIves a lovely representation of how Emily would have written her masterpiece. I recorded my sentence just wondered where I could find it to listen to it myself?

Natasha Hashem at 06/04/2017 03:29pm

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