We had a full room of those who attended the Facts into Fiction – focussing on The Luddities and the novel Shirley – event on Sunday afternoon in the upper barn at Red House Museum.
Speaker Jim Summerscales, a retired teacher and historian, gave a superb informative talk with documents and humour which the audience enjoyed, about the Luddities and his family involved at the time of the Luddites riots.
One big thank you to Jim and also to John Appleyard for helping, as well as the staff at the museum for provding refreshments.
The copy of Charlotte Bronte’s wedding dress and bonnet was on display and the dress will be on show in the museum for a couple of weeks.
The Bronte Parsonage musuem loaned the bonnet – the original is on display at the Bronte museum. Thanks to Guardian reporter Lauren Ballinger who provide a head-piece for the bonnet.
On Sunday April 21, it was 197 years since the birth of Charlotte Bronte. Her second novel to be published was Shirley under her own name in 1849 and which depicts the Spen Valley area and the people she knew – nearly 40 years after the Luddite riots which took place in the area.
She named Red House as Brairmains and the Taylor family who lived there were the Yorke family. Mary and Martha Taylor became Rose and Jessie Yorke in the nove and they were Charlotte’s school friends from Roe Head in Mirfield.
For those who have not visited the Red House Museum in Gomersal, it is worth a visit with the history of the area and Bronte connection.