The museum is run by the Bronte Society, which has an excellet website and supports activities to encourage writers and all those interested in anything Bronte, to participate in activities it organises.
Tickets are obtained near the extraordinary bookshop and changing exhibition space, to the rear of the parsonage. You then head to the front door for admission into the home.
Stepping through the front door is like being admitted into the lives of this extraordinary family and it is almost possible to hear the echoes of the children as they sat around the table writing their miniature books, on display upstairs and discussing events in the lives of parishoners.
Every room is a treasure trove and gives insight into their world and the paintings by Branwell and Emily decorate the walls. Signage and information is exceptional.
Included on display are such things as Charlotte's wedding dress, artwork, first edition copies of the works by Acton, Curer and Ellis Bell, the male aliases which Ann, Emily and Charlotte first published under. There are items belonging to their mother and information about their aunt, who took charge of the raising of the children following the untimely death of their mother. Charlotte married Patrick Brontes junior parson and the museum includes excellent reference to the time he too lived within the parsonage walls.
Compared to most homes in the village, the Parsonage was cosiderably more stately and the Brontes actually extended the original cottage to create more space for the family.
If you love the Bronte sisters writing, you will relish time at the Parsonage Museum. If you are a bit luke warm, a visit is an insight to the world of a nineteenth century family. I found my visit to be thoroughly informative, at times highly moving and definately rewarding and enriching.
A special 2014 treat, was the Bronte Animals exhibition, with wonderful watercolours and sketches by Emily, Ann, Charlotte and Branwell of their pets and other local animals. Bronze dog collars worn by their dogs were included and the passion, particularly of Emily, for the wild creatures and nature which surrounded her abounds.
In many ways, the exhibition reinforced how the members of the family are not so different to famillies of today, thwarted by challenges such as ill health, grief, making a living and interacting with their environment and the community. Their relationship with their pets, struck a particular chord with me.
My visit was further enriched by having done Johnnie Briggs' Bronte Walk the previous day, as information gleaned then, reinforced and enriched my experience within the Parsonage Museum.
I can highly recommend the bookshop if you are interested in collecting anything Bronte. They also stock an exceptional range of cards.
Both paid and volunteer staff were highly obliging and enjoyed assisting in bringing the museum to life.
I had high expectations of The Bronte Parsonage Museum and was not disappointed. Full marks to the work of the Bronte Society, for conserving and preserving this rich legacy!