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Founded in 1893, the Brontë Society has a thriving worldwide membership. It was set up to organise a permanent home for items belonging to the Brontë family and the first museum opened in 1895 above the Yorkshire Penny Bank on Haworth Main Street. Haworth Parsonage was gifted to the Society by Sir James Roberts and opened to the public as the Brontë Parsonage Museum on 4 August 1928. The Brontë Society continues to be responsible for the Museum and its world-class collections and is committed to promoting the Brontë family legacy in contemporary society. The Brontë collections at the Brontë Parsonage Museum have been 'Designated as Outstanding' by Arts Council England and continue to inspire scholars, writers and artists. The Museum also presents an exciting and varied programme of exhibitions and events, and provides lifelong learning opportunities for all age groups.

The Brontë Society is a registered charity. As an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation, it is in receipt of some public funding, but also relies on admission income, membership subscriptions and donations to run the Museum and preserve and add to its important collection. The Society also supports academic research and provides lifelong learning opportunities for all age groups. By becoming a member today, you will be making a personal contribution to the preservation and development of the Brontë Parsonage Museum, one of the most important literary sites in the world.

As a thank you for their annual subscription, all members will receive a membership card entitling them to the following benefits:

  • Free admission to the Brontë Parsonage Museum
  • 2 one-use guest passes per year *
  • Free entry to the Museum for up to 3 accompanied children under the age of 16 *
  • 10% discount in the Museum shop and online shop
  • Concession rate for events where applicable
  • Voting rights related to Annual General Meeting business
  • Free online access to current and back issues of Brontë Studies and its predecessor Transactions
  • Three issues of the Gazette, the Society members’ magazine (online or by post depending on the option chosen)
  • Access to the dedicated Members’ Area of our website
  • Regular Museum updates via our e-newsletter (if selected in contact preferences)
  • Membership Card

*(does not include Young Brontë Friend)

In addition to the benefits listed above, a Brontë Champion will also receive: an additional guest pass, invitations to private views and other events and have the option to book an annual complimentary Private Tour of the Museum. There will be a charge for an additional person joining the tour.

To join the Society using a debit or credit card please complete the form below. Alternatively, if you wish to pay by cheque or direct debit (UK bank accounts only), please download a membership application form.

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All members are ambassadors for The Brontë Society and are asked to promote our organisational values of excellence, inspiration and creativity and uphold our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. Members are expected to treat Society employees, trustees and fellow members with respect, and to help promote a positive culture across the organisation and the wider Brontë community.

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