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Lunchtime Talk - Living with Branwell Brontë: painting, poetry and pistols

Branwell Brontë: 'Perfect Wreck'

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Date: Wednesday 8 Nov 2017

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court

Time: 9:30 - 17:00

Cost: Adult/Waged £10 Student/Unwaged/16-25 £5

A symposium co-hosted by Brontë Parsonage Museum and Leeds University Library Special Collections

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In her biography of Branwell Brontë, Daphne du Maurier described Branwell as 'a spectre in the Brontë story, in pathetic contrast with the astonishing achievements of his sisters'. 2017 is Branwell's bicentenary year, and Brontë Parsonage Museum is marking the occasion with a number of events and an exhibition curated by Simon Armitage, entitled Mansions in the Sky. Leeds University Library Special Collections (which holds a substantial collection of original and transcribed material by, or relating to, different members of the Brontë family) and Brontë Parsonage Museum are co-hosting a one-day interdisciplinary symposium which seeks to explore and interrogate not only the figure of Branwell Brontë, but the context of the early Victorian culture in which he struggled to fulfil his ambitions.  

Keynote speaker: Dr Jonathon Shears, University of Keele, 'Branwell and Byronic self-fashioning'

The price includes refreshments and lunch.

Places are limited so please book in advance online: 


For more information about the programme, please visit the Parsonage website.