It’s Emily Bronte’s bicentenary on July 30, 2018 and ahead of this landmark birthday, artist Clare Twomey has come up with a wonderful idea.
She is inviting more than 10,000 visitors to the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth to recreate a long lost manuscript of Emily Brontë’s masterpiece, Wuthering Heights. The original manuscript no longer survives, but visitors will have the opportunity to copy down the novel, a sentence at a time, into a hand-made book in the very same house where Emily wrote her famous work. Thousands of pencils, specially commissioned by Twomey, have been produced to write the book and visitors will be invited to keep these as a memento of their participation in theproject. The completed book will be exhibited at the Brontë Parsonage Museum during 2018, as part of Emily Brontë’s bicentenary celebrations.
The first sentence of the novel: “1801 – I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with” – has been written by Ann Dinsdale, Principal Curator at the Bronte Parsonage Musuem.
The story of this book will be updated on the parsonage social media feeds @BronteParsonage and FB BronteParsonageMuseum as the project progresses. Wuthering Heights: A Manuscript runs until January 1 2018 and is a great excuse to visit the museum, which is one of Gorgeous Yorkshire’s favourite places.