My Work , Lynne Cunliffe of Hathaways of Haworth


I am sadly nolonger making costumes or doing the presentations ,I am still really happy to give a talk or do meet and greet for charities for no charge, though I nolonger have as wide a range of outfits.I have left this post so that anyone with questions about what I can do to help at charity events etc now has an idea of what I could do.

Mrs rochester3



My work was rather hard to  summarise but I described myself as a costumed educator .I used historical costume and items of clothing  and original artefacts and my own specifically designed aids, such as worksheets  to bring history to life .

ferndean mini books

These are my accurate recreations of Bronte diary papers and mini books.I also recreated the contents of Emilys writing slope and later of Charlottes.The diary papers are actual size written with dip pens.The letters are sealed with sealing wax ,the lace is similar to the fragment in Emilys Brontes desk .I wanted people to see  and handle actual size items and try using dip pens, children got to make their own mini books.the picture of Keeper is printed actual size and cut to shape.emilysdeskm


local day bmpme


I worked with all ages and a diverse group of clients ,including museums, day centres, residential homes ,schools, village associations ,charities and the media.I also occasionally did more realistic location shoots to pronote events

Gallery 1











brown bronte gown parsonage

Most of my work  involved recreating accurately a historical costume and my background is largely academic .Though I have done more relaxed events.

panto weekend steps






I have an Honours degree in European humanities with classical studies ,diplomas in related subjects ,though I also have  tourism and business studies HND and I am aware of the need to “market” certain events or provide a more public friendly form of “entertaining”  education.

Bronte Presentation 2




I have accurate costumes often with many original items ,for  reenactment work with Museums,

(I am indebted to Mark Davis  photography for use of the images below.)



lyn parsonage talk 4 sm mark davis

(Many thanks to Mark Davis photography for use of this image

Gallery 2

I am always happy to work outside if needed in most places ,most costumes and most weather.











Tilly my little Cavalier King Charles spaniel is available to  come with me if required ,shes very popular as a PAT pet on visits to old people homes where some residents are room bound















parsoange walk





The talks are still available  to book ,though only Regency and Bronte talks ,but these can be tailored to all ages and most situations.

lyn parsonage talk 1 sm Mark Davis(Many thanks to Mark Davis photography for use of the above image in the Bronte  Parsonage )Also for the one below from the Bronte Christmas carol play,

Ian Howard and I co wrote this play .

ferndean-christmas-carol1 mark davis

I  have worked for the Bronte Parsonage giving both talks and occasionally providing childrens activities or giving readings such as this reading from Jane Eyre in the rooms of the parsonage  during their  pre release  private screening  of Jane Eyre  which involved the cast and director (It was the films first showing anywhere in the uk  )jane eyre mark davisMany thanks to Mark Davis photography for  use of these images.

This was followed up by further costume work for the parsonage BBC breakfast filming and BBC big screen Bradford


filming3BI also made the costumes used in this filming.Though I dont usually make costumes to order I have made limited numbers for re en-actors at Kentwell Hall.Warwick and Tutbury castle .I have often been used  to help source people and costumes for promotional work and to provide a costumed presence that attracts media interest for events,the photos below were from a photo shoot to publicise the Tour de France as it was going to go through the village that year.





three sisters west

three sisters road



We can be seen in the following media posts which are a  small selection of those online



About hathawaysofhaworth

I am a Historian and author living in the north
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