Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:07 am by Cristina in , , ,    No comments
The Telegraph and Argus features what's new at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
Do you have pet theories about the Brontë sisters?
The Brontës and Animals is the centrepiece of the 2014 season at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth which reopens after a winter break tomorrow [today 20th February].
The temporary exhibition focuses on animals in the Brontë family’s lives including their pet dogs.
And it explores how animals featured in Brontë novels such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
Collections manager Ann Dinsdale said. “All the Brontës loved animals and had a wide variety of pets at the parsonage.
“Animals also play an important part in the stories – such as Mr Rochester’s dog Pilot, and Cathy in Wuthering Heights being bitten by a dog.”
The exhibition also features many of the Brontes’ paintings and drawings of animals, letters referring to animals, illustrated editions of the novels, and dog collars from their pets.
And it is being used for some half-term events.
Next Wednesday between 11am and 4pm, there will be a chance to make animal finger puppets and the following day, also from 11am to 4pm, animal-themed writing will be spotlighted, while from this Saturday to March 2, people can take part in an animal trail.
This year’s other temporary exhibition focuses on the Brontës’ relationship with the railway which arrived at the same time as the Brontës lived in Haworth, and Branwell Brontë worked as a railway clerk.
The railway exhibition ties in with one of the Brontë Society’s newest acquisitions, a miniature portrait of Mrs Hudson by Charlotte Brontë, who travelled by train to Bridlington to stay with her in the mid-1800s.
Another new item on show will be the “Belgian essay”, an autographed manuscript by Charlotte that was bought by the Brontë Society for £50,000 at the end of last year. (David Knights)
The Times Higher Education has a Q&A with Dame Wendy Hall, professor of computer science and dean of the Faculty of Physical Science and Engineering at the University of Southampton.
Tell us about a book, show, film or play that you love. My favourite book is Wuthering Heights, my favourite film Witness. (John Elmes)
La información (Spain) reports that can't name a child Brontë in Spain, just because it's the famous family surname.
También han sido rechazados Pedro-Maradona (por hacer el último vocablo confusa la identificación al tratarse de un apellido universalmente conocido), Joan-March (por ser el segundo un apellido muy famoso en España), Brontë (al ser universalmente conocido como apellido, el de las tres hermanas inglesas novelistas del siglo XIX) u O' Donnell (al poder confundirse con un apellido ilustre de un famoso general y político español). (Emilio Navarro) (Translation)
Reading in Bed discusses a few Brontë novels and reviews A Brontë Burlesque.

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