17 January 2020: Anne Brontë turns 200

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A sneak preview of our new exhibition

A sneak preview of our new exhibition

As many of you may know, the Museum closes for the month of January as we undertake vital cleaning and conservation work. This January, however, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Anne Brontë, who was born on 17 January 1820, and we want to mark this special day. We will be opening our Bonnell room space for one day only for a free preview of Anne Brontë: 'Amid the brave and strong', our new exhibition on the youngest Brontë sister. We have never before opened to the public in January, so this is truly a very special opportunity to visit the Museum and be among the very first to view this new exhibition. There will also be a free talk on Anne in our new learning space in the Old School Room at 2pm.

Admission is free, and is to the Bonnell room exhibition only, from 10am-3.30pm on Friday 17 January.


Anne Brontë: 'Amid the brave and strong'

Anne's life and work have had much less exploration than those of her sisters. This new exhibition will delve into key elements of Anne's life, from her childhood at the Parsonage, to how her legacy has been shaped by others since her death.

Throughout her life, 'dear gentle Anne' was considered the baby of the Brontë family, but she went on to write one of the first sustained feminist novels in English litereatyre. Although her work bears the familiar stamps of a classic Brontë novel, Anne's storng moral beliefs led her to write for purpose as well as pleasure, something which shocked and excited her readers at the time. Anne was not to be deterred by criticism however, and right up to her death she had plans and schemes for the future. The exhibition tracks the course of her life and gives an insight into Anne's personality and motivations, which reveal a strong, outspoken and complex genius.

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