THE BRONTË Parsonage Museum will reopen later this summer thanks to a grant from Arts Council England.

The cash will be spent on costs associated with reopening such as upgrading booking systems and complying with Covid 19 regulations such as the installation of protective screens.

The Brontë Society this week warned that the future was still uncertain for its museum in Haworth, despite the grant from Arts Council England’s Emergency Response fund and the promise of further government support for arts organisations.

The society said closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant financial impact on the organisation, which relies heavily on income from individual visitors, school groups and events.

Trish Gurney, chairman of the Brontë Society Board of Trustees, said: "We are extremely grateful for the funding awarded by Arts Council England via their emergency support package and would like to thank them and everyone who plays the National Lottery for a much-needed lifeline at this time.   

"The funds provided will be massively important to us in the immediate future as we prepare to welcome visitors back to the Parsonage later in the summer.

"However, as we rely on the income we generate during the spring and summer months to sustain us through the quieter autumn and winter seasons, we are painfully aware that we will continue to face financial challenges for many months to come.  

"We know that the situation is dire for many, but we ask that lovers of the Brontës, their works and the Parsonage will consider supporting our Just Giving appeal to help ensure that once we reopen, we will remain open.”

The society is asking people to help secure the museum’s long-term future at

The society will this Thursday launch the Brontë Lounge, a strand of live talks and in-conversation events on Zoom, with figures including historical novelist Tracy Chevalier and writer Samanthallis. Visit for further information.

The first event is on Thursday July 16 at 7.30pm with the author of ‘How To Be A Heroine’ and ‘Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life’, Samantha Ellis. Samantha will read from Take Courage and chat about all things Anne with host Helen Meller, who will also take questions from the audience.

Future Brontë Lounge guests will include historical novelist Tracy Chevalier (‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’) and writer, journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed, who is also the Brontë Parsonage Museum’s creative partner for 2020.

Rebecca Yorke, Head of Communications for the museum, said: "While the museum has been closed, we’ve been heartened by the support shown to the Brontë Society by an uplift in membership subscriptions and retail sales from our online shop. 

"In addition, we are very excited about the launch of The Brontë Lounge, a new digital programme of talks and readings with writers and Brontë admirers. 

"We have been exploring ways of expanding our digital offer for some time, and while the current situation has presented us with some significant challenges, there are also opportunities to be seized and made the most of.  

"The Brontës overcame many obstacles in their short lives, and it is with their determination and spirit in mind, that we are reviewing what we do and how we do it, in order to increase our resilience and relevance and be around for many more years to come.”

Tracy Chevalier, novelist said: “I’m delighted to be one of the first guests in The Brontë Lounge. The Brontës are woven into the pattern of this nation’s literary life, and I am always happy to support the Brontë Parsonage Museum by talking about them.”