Brontë Museum to hold exhibition following success of BBC drama: ‘To walk invisible’

The setting of BBC acclaimed Brontë Drama To walk invisible will be open to the public following an exhibition of costumes, props and photography held at The Brontë Parsonage museum.

The short film, which was aired on BBC One, was set at the historic Haworth Parsonage, West Yorkshire, during the 1840s.

The plot focused on the hardships the Brontës faced, many of which are displayed as being caused by the relationship between the Brontë sisters; Charlotte, Emily and Anne, and their brother, Branwell.

Diane Fare, outreach and events officer for the Brontë Parsonage museum, expressed her delight at the historical accuracy of To walk invisible as she said: “The actors involved portrayed the siblings brilliantly, and the production team did an incredible amount of research here at the museum.”

Alongside the exhibition of costumes, props and photography, the museum will hold host to a dramatic recreation of Branwell’s bedroom which imagines how it might have looked during the late 1830s.

Ms Fare explained that the room is a major highlight designed in collaboration with the BBC production team for To walk invisible and said: “The installation presents Branwell’s unmade bed, the floor splattered with paint and ink and half-completed artworks scattered around the room.”

Following the screening of the BBC drama, the success of To walk invisible was clear as Ms Fare said: “A huge amount of people visited Haworth and the museum in the days following the screening, and we imagine that a large number of people will want to return to see the new exhibition.”

Ms Fare said that the Brontës: “Remain a source of fascination due to their extraordinary family story- losing two sisters and their mother early in life, an alcoholic brother, yet achieving publication of some of the greatest works of English literature. Their own story is as fascinating as their works of fiction.” “Their legacy lives on through their influence on successive generations of women writers.”

Following the opening of the exhibition on February 1 2017, the museum will hold events throughout the year including An Evening with Sally Wainwright and Anne Dinsdale on April 19 from 7.30pm to 9.00pm and a talk with Tom Pye, costume designer for To walk invisible on May 17 at 7.30pm.

Ethan Newton-Hamer, 18, a visitor to Haworth from Denholme, explained the significance of the Brontës to him, he said: “The Brontë sisters are important because they represent women in a time when women weren’t treated as equals and have created such an icon for themselves and the area.”

Mr Newton-Hamer expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming events at the Brontë Parsonage museum as he said: “It’s a really good idea to be able to see the props and costumes used, I think that it’ll be great for young children to be able to see them.”

The museums positive effect on the local area was central to Mr Newton-Hamer who said: “It might increase tourism as people might consider it a fun day out and, therefore, put more money into the area. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the museum opening again.”

The Brontë Parsonage museum will reopen following conservation work on February 1 2017 and feature an exclusive opportunity for visitors to experience a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the filmmaking process.

For more information on upcoming events at the Brontë Parsonage museum visit: https://www.bronte.org.uk/

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