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CamillaHer Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is to visit Haworth on Friday 16 February.

Camilla will visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, which has recently reopened following a period of conservation work and preparations for the bicentenary of Emily Brontë.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Museum in Haworth Parsonage, the house where the Brontës spent most of their lives and wrote their great novels.

During her visit, Her Royal Highness will be guided through the historic rooms of the Parsonage by Principal Curator, Ann Dinsdale. 
The Royal will also have a close-up viewing of some of the ‘treasures’ relating to Emily Brontë in the museum library.
 
During 2017, over 10,000 visitors participated in Clare Twomey’s Wuthering Heights – A Manuscript project, which set out to create a new version of Emily Brontë’s long-lost manuscript by copying it out one line at a time.  Her Royal Highness will also meet Clare Twomey during her visit before writing the last line of Wuthering Heights into the newly created manuscript in the very house where Emily wrote the original.

The visit will also involve a private reception where Her Royal Highness will meet museum staff and volunteers and local school children who recently took part in a creative writing competition organised by the Museum.

The Duchess of Cornwall is an avid reader and undertakes a number of engagements to promote the importance of supporting literacy both to children and adults alike. The Duchess has been Patron of the National Literacy Trust since 2010 and is also Patron of other organisations including Book Trust, The Wicked Young Writers Award, Beanstalk, First Story and BBC Radio 2's 500 words competition.

Kitty Wright, Executive Director of The Brontë Society said, “It will be an immense honour to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall to the Museum and we are looking forward to sharing our world-class collection with her.  All the staff are looking forward to the visit and we can think of no better start to Emily Brontë’s bicentenary celebrations.”

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