School trip to Bronte Parsonage Museum
They are one of the oldest literary societies in the world, founded in 1893 and today they have a thriving worldwide membership. The Brontë Society is a charity and depends entirely on admissions and the generosity of members for its income. It is responsible for running the famous Brontë Parsonage Museum in the picturesque village of Haworth in West Yorkshire, once the home of the Brontë family and also for promoting the Brontës’ literary legacy within contemporary society.
They offer an exciting, cross-curricular education service committed to imagination and creativity in learning.
For younger pupils they want to offer a fun way to help them understand why Charlotte is so famous, and her books read all over the world.
What would life have been like for her as she was growing up, and particularly what kind of place would Haworth have been? To explore these ideas, they use drama, role play, guided walks and a chance to look at artefacts.
KEY STAGE 1 AND 2 WORKSHOPS
History Walk KS2
What might you spend your days doing if you were a child in Haworth in the Brontës’ day? How might your parents have earned their living? How long could you have expected to live? Starting in the Parsonage garden, we take a short walk around Haworth, exploring the churchyard and Main Street, and look for the evidence to answer these questions and more.
Hands on History KS1 & KS2
Find out about what life was like in the Parsonage when the Brontës were children. How did they learn and how did they spend their free time? How might life have been different for other children in Haworth? How did their lives compare with children’s today? We explore these questions through a range of intriguing artefacts. It’s a hands-on approach to history, which also explores how objects are used in museums.
Moorland Walk KS2
Explore the unique moors habitat that inspired the Brontë family, in their exciting new workshop. Discover its creatures and plants, find out how people have changed it, and how we can protect it. A cross-curricular workshop particularly relevant to science (Life Processes), history (Victorian Britain, Local History), geography (How the Environment is Changing), and citizenship.
Jane Eyre Drama Workshop KS2
Using a simple script based on childhood scenes in the novel, take on the roles of the characters in the story and bring the world of ‘Jane Eyre’ to life. An exciting workshop which uses drama to explore some of the themes in the book, it’s also a lot of fun – everyone gets to take part, and everyone gets to wear some costume!
Follow in the Brontës’ footsteps through a creative writing workshop, using Museum artefacts, the atmospheric rooms of the Parsonage and the surrounding landscape as inspiration.