The Brontë Parsonage Museum interested me for this project because it revealed a new, intimate side to the Brontë sisters; I always thought there was an air of mystery around Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë as they were known to keep to themselves. However, looking at some of their personal items seemed to fade this mystery a little.
One theme that really interested me was the idea that the parsonage was not just a home, but also a place for the Brontës’ imaginations to flourish, which eventually produced some of the most famous stories and characters of the literary world.  Through my work, I wanted to communicate how important the parsonage, surrounding moorland, and sense of place was for the Brontë sisters.
I was also fascinated by the family history, and the siblings as children. I became absorbed in learning about their made up worlds of Gondal and Angria, which they wrote in code, and handbound into tiny books.
The sadness and suffering of the Brontës in their later lives was a harsh comparison to the charming childhood stories. Branwell Brontë’s fall into drug and alcohol abuse, and the devastating effect consumption (now known as tuberculosis) had on the family also influenced my work.
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