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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Charlotte Bronte Anniversary

This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë on 21 April 1816, and you can read my feature on the birth of the Brontë family legend in Issue 5 of the Discover Your Ancestors bookazine. Lots of events are planned for the forthcoming bicentenaries of the births of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë, and you will be able to find out more on the Brontë200 website (currently under construction).  
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.

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