Exhibition Opening: Becoming the Brontës
- Date: Thursday 29 June 2023, 17:30 – 19:30
- Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery
- Cost: Free. Book online here
Join us for this special reception to celebrate the opening of ‘Becoming the Brontës’.
The Brontës are Yorkshire’s very own world-famous literary family. But how did they become the icons we know today?
Book your ticket for this drinks reception and exhibition preview to experience the excitement as we open ‘Becoming the Brontës’ – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see literary treasures from the Blavatnik Honresfield Library together on public display.
The exhibition explores the creative beginnings of Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell Brontë – from little books produced as children to poetry manuscripts and rare first editions of their most celebrated works.
The intimate display in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery has been co-curated by the University of Leeds, the British Library and the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
‘Becoming the Brontës’ is on display in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery from Friday 30 June to Saturday 28 October. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 17:00. Free to visit, and open to everyone.
Charlotte Brontë, “Fireside Tales, or the Return to Zamorna”, December 1836 - January 1837. This item is jointly owned by the British Library, the Brontë Society (Brontë Parsonage Museum) and the University of Leeds (Brotherton Library).
Emily Brontë, First edition of Wuthering Heights, London, 1847, Brotherton Library (University of Leeds).
Charlotte Brontë, “Visits in Verreopolis by Lord Charles Wellesley in Two Volumes”, 7-11 December 1830. This item is jointly owned by the British Library, the Brontë Society (Brontë Parsonage Museum) and the University of Leeds (Brotherton Library).
Branwell Brontë, autograph letters to Hartley Coleridge, 10 April - 27 June 1840, Brotherton Library (University of Leeds).
Image credit: Mark Webster Photography / University of Leeds.
The Blavatnik Honresfield Library
The campaign to save the Blavatnik Honresfield Library was led by the Friends of the National Libraries and a consortium of libraries and writers’ houses.
The acquisition was made possible thanks to the exceptional munificence of Sir Leonard Blavatnik and of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).
Success would also not have been possible without the hugely generous support of each of the consortium institutions and of very many funders including:
The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation
The Murray Family
The Foyle Foundation
The David Cock Foundation
The T S Eliot Foundation
Hugh and Catherine Stevenson
British Library Collections Trust
American Trust for the British Library
B. H. Breslauer Fund of the American Trust for the British Library
The Ardeola Trust
The Vogel-Denebeim Family
The Penchant Foundation
And the many philanthropists, trusts and foundations who prefer to remain anonymous, and the thousands of individuals who made personal donations to the appeal.