The same issue of the magazine has another feature by me on secondary education and teacher training. University and college records can be a good way of researching your ancestors' schooldays, as well as finding information on other family members.
Charlotte Brontë. Engraving for Clement Shorter, The Brontës And Their Circle, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, c.1914. Author’s collection.
Hotel de Ville, Brussels. Patrick Brontë visited Brussels with Charlotte and Emily in February 1842. The girls studied abroad so they would be better qualified as teachers and governesses. Cassell’s Encyclopaedia, a Storehouse of General Information, Vol. 2, c.1894.