English Literature Visit to Brontë Country

The annual English department visit to ‘Brontë Country’ in West Yorkshire took place on November 7th on what would turn out to be one of Yorkshire’s wettest days ever. Undaunted by the persistent rain, we set off into the wilderness of Haworth Moor, walking facross the sodden ground to the Brontë Bridge and waterfall. The weather was unbelievably ‘wuthering’ and the moors were muddy and very bleak so created a wonderful sense of the natural environment encapsulated in the Brontë novels. After lunch in Haworth, we had the opportunity to look around the Parsonage and see all the Brontë artefacts including costumes, set designs and props from the recent BBC drama about the lives of the Brontës and a new exhibition focusing on Patrick Brontë. The students were given a very informative talk about the background to the Brontës and specifically the context of ‘Jane Eyre’ by the education team at the Parsonage. There was also an opportunity to visit some of the tourist shops in Haworth where many of the buildings which the Brontës would have visited remain unchanged. The day provided much insight into the influences on the writing of the sisters and was a very inspiring and interesting, if extremely wet, day.