Jobs and volunteering at the Bronte Society

Jobs and volunteering at the Bronte Society


The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth attracts people from all over the world. Some are making a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to see the home of their favourite authors, but many return year upon year to see the new exhibitions and changing displays.

We welcomed some 70,400 visitors to the Museum in 2019 and providing the best possible customer service is of immense importance to us. Comments collected via TripAdvisor, social media and other visitor books indicate that the visitor experience at the Brontë Parsonage Museum is overwhelmingly positive.

The dedication and commitment of our staff and volunteers is key to these results, as our feedback testifies.


Visitor Experience Volunteers

The Brontë Parsonage Museum is an independent charity, we love involving volunteers in the work that we do, and want to give opportunities to as wide a range of people as possible – all our volunteers are provided with full training, ongoing support and development.
If you enjoy meeting people from all over the world and would like to help visitors get the most from their visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum this could be the role for you – our volunteers bring a wealth of experiences and skills to the museum which has such a positive impact on our visitors and colleagues.
At the moment we do not have any vacancies, but hope to be able to offer opportunities later this autumn.

Audience Development Team vacancy

Programme Officer
Full time, 37.5 hours a week
£24,000 pa

Are you motivated, creative and looking for a new challenge?  We’re looking for a dynamic individual to lead on the development and delivery of the renowned and respected arts and events programme at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Haworth Parsonage is the former home of the Brontë family and the place where the world-famous novels ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ were written.  As the Brontë Parsonage Museum, it houses the world’s largest collection of Brontë artefacts and welcomes over 70,000 visitors of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world each year.    We are proud to be an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and one of the top must-see destinations in Yorkshire. 
The successful applicant will work closely with the Audience Development and Curatorial teams to commission, develop and deliver new and innovative arts projects, events and activities.  Building on the success of collaborations with Frank Cottrell Boyce, Zaffar Kunial and Layla Khoo,  our annual Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing and our Brontë Lounge series of online events, you will collaborate with artists and external partners to devise fresh and exciting ways to access and work with the Museum’s accredited, world-class collection and explore new ways of reaching audiences and offering opportunities for participation.

To be successful in this role, you will have a passion for museums and the arts and a belief in the positive impact they can have on lives and wellbeing. You will also have experience of programming within the cultural or heritage sector and experience of commissioning new work and activity from artists.  Candidates will also need to demonstrate strong project management skills and the ability to contextualise the programme to underpin the aims and ambitions of the Brontë Society and reflect its status as a National Portfolio Organisation and an Accredited Museum.

In return, we will offer the opportunity to work in a vibrant and iconic heritage setting; a flexible working pattern; free membership of the Brontë Society; 20% discount in the museum shop, a monthly wellbeing hour, and benefits associated with the museum’s membership of the Museums Association and the Yorkshire Attractions Group.

How to apply

Job description, person specification and the Brontë Society employment application form can be downloaded from the ‘downloads’ link on this page.

The Brontë Society has a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity.  Disabled, D/deaf, neuro-divergent people and those from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds are currently under-represented in our workforce, so we particularly encourage applications from people in these groups.
The Brontë Society is an equal opportunities employer.  Please help us to monitor how we are doing in this respect by completing the anonymous equal opportunities monitoring form. If you require any of the documents in a different format (eg printed/large type) please let us know.
Your completed employment application form and equal opportunities monitoring form should be sent to  

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Monday 1 November 2021
Interview date:  w/c Monday 15 November 2021
Thank you. We wish you every success with your application!