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The news that three museums in Kirklees could close, according to the council's Revenue Budgets, has led to concern among those running the venues that the region could lose valuable cultural assets.The New York Times interviews the author Anthony Doerr:
Three years ago the future of Red House Museum, in Gomersal, was under threat. The historic house, which was the inspiration for Briarmains in Charlotte Bronte's novel, Shirley, was being considered for closure as part of council cost-cutting initiatives.
Despite being given a reprieve, while supporters looked at initiatives to make it financially viable, the chairman of the Friends of Red House Museum believes there is no room for complacency.
According to Kirklees Council's Revenue Budgets 2015-2016-2017/2017-18, the council currently operates five museums but this could be reduced to two prompting concern for those involved in protecting our local museums.
The introduction of an entrance fee at Red House, and its subsequent promotion as a wedding venue are contributing to the running costs but its promotion - and use by the public - is vital for its future.
Friends chairman Jacqueline Ryder is eager to promote the museum and raise its profile. (...)
Jacqueline says it is 'absolutely vital' and says they are already planning a series of events to increase the number of visitors.
"Keeping the visitor numbers up, promoting the fact that it is there and it is still open and we are putting on a programme for the winter months for next spring," she says. "The staff are very committed and have got so many ideas. We just want to do as much as we can."
"I think it is a very critical time, particularly over the summer, because there will be more budget choices to be made over the autumn.
"People have to value what is on their doorstep."
Councillor Graham Turner, Kirklees Council cabinet member for resources, says it is expected that a decision on the future of the museums will be made mid to late autumn. (Sally Clifford)
What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?Latin Times lists several quotes for the 4th of July:
Um, all of them? My ribs ache from all the texts I’ll never make time for. I haven’t read any of the Brontë sisters.
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” - Charlotte BrontëDhaka Tribune (Bangladesh) quotes Charlotte Brontë in a discussion about misogyny:
Charlotte Brontë wrote in Shirley: “If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women: They do not read them in a true light, they misapprehend them, both for good and evil; their good woman is a queer thing, half-doll, half-angel, their bad woman almost always a fiend.” (SM Shahrukh)Exclaim (Canada) compares Sophie Barthes's Madame Bovary film with Wuthering Heights 2011:
Sophie Barthes' adaptation is far from challenging the cinematic form. The narrative is concise and linear, and the style very much subdued and grounded. It's a stylistic departure from the traditional melodrama of the period piece, utilizing all natural lighting and embracing subtle, realist performances, but it isn't as aggressively contrarian and gritty as something like Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights. (Robert Bell)El Comercio (Perú) traces a profile of Orson Welles. About his role as Rochester in Jane Eyre 1944:
Pero sobre todo su siniestra y melancólica interpretación del señor Rochester en “Jane Eyre” (1943), una adaptación de la novela de Charlotte Brontë tan estilizada que algunos historiadores piensan que fue dirigida, por lo menos en parte, por el propio Welles. (Alberto Servat) (Translation)The Morris Sun Tribune has a selection of Book Club Kits which includes Wuthering Heights. Dziennik Bałtycki (Poland) mentions a resort in Kashubia named Wichrowe Wzgórza. Wandering One: Theatre and Thought Blog posts about the first week of rehearsals of a new production of Polly Teale's Jane Eyre which will open in August in Rhode Island.