The Duchess of Cornwall is visiting the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.
The visit is part of celebrations for the bicentenary of the birth of Emily Brontë. 2018 also marks the 90th anniversary of the Museum in Haworth Parsonage, the house where the Brontës spent most of their lives and wrote their great novels.
During her visit, Her Royal Highness will be guided through the historic rooms of the Parsonage by Principal Curator, Ann Dinsdale. Her Royal Highness will also have a close-up viewing of some of the treasures of the Museum, which houses the largest collection of Brontë material in the world.
Her Royal Highness will also meet artist Clare Twomey, who created the Wuthering Heights – A Manuscript project, which set out to create a new version of Emily Brontë’s long-lost manuscript by copying it out one line at a time. Over 10,000 visitors have participated in the work so far and Her Royal Highness will write the last line into the newly created manuscript in the very house where Emily wrote the her great novel.
The visit will also involve a private reception where Her Royal Highness will meet museum staff and volunteers and school children who recently took part in a creative writing competition organised by the Museum.
The Duchess of Cornwall is an avid reader and undertakes a number of engagements to promote the importance of supporting literacy both to children and adults alike. The Duchess has been Patron of the National Literacy Trust since 2010 and is also Patron of other organisations including Book Trust, The Wicked Young Writers Award, Beanstalk, First Story and BBC Radio 2's 500 words competition.
Kitty Wright, Executive Director of The Brontë Society said, “It will be an immense honour to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall to the Museum and we are looking forward to sharing our world-class collection with her. All the staff are looking forward to the visit and we can think of no better start to Emily Brontë’s bicentenary celebrations.”