People are being urged to rummage through their attics for lost Bronte treasures.

Curators at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth believe pieces of manuscripts, letters and belongings might be hidden in residents’ houses.

They want people to search their homes as a way of celebrating Charlotte Bronte’s 198th birthday.

Ann Dinsdale, the museum’s collections manager, said there were many letters and manuscripts waiting to be discovered.

She said that although there were unlikely to be any undiscovered novels, there could still be unknown books written by the Bronte siblings as children.

Anyone with items should contact the museum by calling (01535) 642323 or e-mailing