Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Yorkshire daughters

The Yorkshire Post has an article on the re-opening of the Brontë Parsonage Museum with special attention to the recent acquisitions:

GENERATIONS have passed since their deaths, but were the Brontë sisters able to return to their childhoood home, they would surely recognise some of their favourite treasures which are now helping to tell the story of their lives.
A new host of artefacts has gone on public display for the first time at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth which has reopened following a Lottery-funded redevelopment.
Among the items on view are Emily Brontë's mahogany artist's box and her geometry set which were recently bought at auction in London. The box contains ceramic mixing dishes, remnants of paint, quill nibs, a paint tray, sealing wax with miniature envelopes and a glass bottle.
The museum has also purchased a special miniature poetry manuscript by Charlotte Brontë. The two microscopic poems written in 1829 are
signed "U. T", meaning "us two", which suggests they were jointly produced with another Brontë sibling, possibly Branwell. Neither have been on public display before.
The former parsonage, which was home to the Brontë family for more than 40 years, is where Charlotte, Emily and Anne's novels were written. Its redevelopment, launched with £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, continues a major programme of works and began with a consultation with local people to ask for their ideas on how the building and its collections might be improved.
The result is a new interpretation of the literary family's story which emphasises their place in Haworth and the social-historical context in which they lived.
As part of the scheme, the museum also appealed to local people to get in touch if they believed they had items that may once have been owned by the family.
Several intriguing items came to light which also feature in the new displays, including a hymn sheet from Haworth church dating from the Brontë period.
The director of the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Andrew McCarthy, said: "We're delighted with the improvements to the Parsonage and sure that these will enhance the experience of visiting." (Picture source)
The Telegraph and Argus reports the re-opening as well, albeit more briefly:
The main exhibition space at the Bronte Parsonage Museum has reopened after a major refurbishment with a new permanent exhibition focusing on the Brontes’ lives. There is also a new special showcase about Charlotte Bronte. Both exhibitions are free on admission to the museum. (Sue Ward)
And The Times considers the Yorkshire Dales one of the 'best out of season European breaks'.
The Dales: for the romance The chilling winter beauty of the Yorkshire Dales was well known to their most famous daughters: “Yesterday afternoon set in misty and cold,” recounts Mr Lockwood in Wuthering Heights. “I had half a mind to spend it by my study fire, instead of wading through heath and mud to Wuthering Heights... On that bleak hill-top the earth was hard with a black frost, and the air made me shiver through every limb.”
Base yourself in Haworth — a three-night break at Hidden Gem, a two-bedroom cottage two minutes from the Brontë parsonage, costs £164 through Cottages 4 You (0845 268 0763, cottages4you.co.uk) — and walk in Lockwood’s footsteps, following the path from the parsonage, past the Brontë Falls, to the ruins at Top Withens, said to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights. It will be cold and wet, and the cloud might come down like a shroud, but that’s the price of romance, baby.
Directions for another 20 manageable hikes can be downloaded at yorkshiredales.org.uk, but if you prefer Yorkshire’s moors to her dales, English Heritage (0870 333 1181, http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/) has an off-peak deal on Prior’s Lodge, beside the moody ruins of Mount Grace Priory, on the western edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. In high season, a weekend break in this charming two-bedroom cottage would set you back £657 — until April 1, it’s £316. (Chris Haslam)
The Huffington Post brings up Cathy in a 'makeup survival guide'.
A reliable way to warm up cheeks is a lightweight cheek stain, like my Barely Blushing, which can be applied with your fingers for a flushed visage worthy of Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights. (Napoleon Perdis)
Hmmm... we don't recall Cathy as being ever described as having a particularly 'flushed visage', with the possible exception of in tense situations, etc. And none of the actresses to have played the role have been particularly rosy, either.

Another reference to the Brontës in general and Wuthering Heights in particular comes from a review of Diamond Star Halo, by Tiffany Murray in The Independent:
Murray's distinctive debut, Happy Accidents, earned comparisons to Cold Comfort Farm. Here a more Brontë-esque vibe is at play. Of all the visitors to the studios, the members of the American band Tequila are the ones to get under Halo's skin. On their departure, the eight "honey-brown" cowboys bequeath an unusual parting gift: a jaw-droppingly beautiful baby boy. It's clear that this dark-eyed changeling – "part seal-pup, part bloody Heathcliff" – has all the makings of a future rock god. (Emma Hagestadt)
The Desoto Times Tribune lists the '19 area schools to participate in The Orpheum Theatre's first annual High School Musical Theatre Awards program in May' (Southaven, Memphis). The Hutchison School production of Jane Eyre the Musical is one of them.

Several news outlets feature Mia Wasikowska and mention her future role as Jane Eyre in passing: the California Chronicle, MTV's Hollywood Crush and Just Jared Jr.

On the blogosphere: Mindful Reviews writes about Jane Eyre, Textual Tutelage, Literary Learning discusses Wuthering Heights, Itt Valahol (in Hungarian) posts about The Professor and Clionauta (in Spanish) quotes from several sources to write about Brian Dillon's Tormented Hope at length. And finally, Me and My Charms posts about the creative process behind a Jane Eyre charm necklace.

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