PLANS to celebrate 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth in 2016 have been given a major cash boost of nearly £100,000.

The Brontë Society’s contemporary arts programme has been awarded a grant of £99,178 by the Arts Council of England.

As well as its museum role, Haworth’s Brontë Parsonage is home to a contemporary arts programme which celebrates the radical nature of the Brontës and the ways in which they have inspired successive generations of artists and writers.

The grant has come from The Arts Council’s Lottery-funded programme Grants for the Arts.