Brontë Parsonage Museum

02 September 2016

Bagnalls undertook major redecoration works at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, once home to the world’s most famous literary family, the Brontës, and now one of the UK’s top tourist attractions.

The visual transformation was led by historic interior design consultant Allyson McDermott who interpreted two years of extensive archaeological study into reality.  The rigorous historical research and scientific analysis informed the style and colouring of bespoke wallpapers, new curtains and woven rugs.  These were then produced to reflect how the house would have looked in the 1830s and 1840s during the main period of the Brontë family’s occupation as well as features introduced by Charlotte Brontë when she gave the parsonage a facelift in the early 1850s.

Bagnalls involvement in this project included the hanging of bespoke wallpapers, hand printed to replicate the designs of the 19th century and painting in various colours of Distemper from Pear Blossom and Pipewort to Lee Priory Verditer.  All paints were brush applied to add to the authenticity of the finish.  The project was managed on a daily basis by one of our Heritage craftsman painters, with over 40 years’ experience in the industry.

This project was a unique opportunity for Bagnalls to demonstrate its decorating capability.  Ann Dinsdale, Collections Manager, Brontë Parsonage Museum, commented “We are so pleased with the performance of the Bagnalls team, they have worked diligently to transform the rooms of the house in keeping with Allyson McDermott’s image.”

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