My Work , Lynne Cunliffe of Hathaways of Haworth


I am nolonger making costumes or doing the presentations ,I still give talks and attend events though at least one months notice is required .

My work is rather hard to  summarise but I describe myself as a costumed educator .I use 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

I work with all ages and a diverse group of clients ,including museums, day centres, residential homes ,schools, village associations ,charities and the media.I usually work either alone or with my husband but I also have a number of people who occasionally work with me.(hence the intermingling of I and we in the following post)

panto weekend steps

Most of my work is involves recreating accurately a historical costume and my background is largely academic .I have a hons 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 and more laid back  form of “entertaining”  education  so we also have more loosely interpreted costumes for our old people’s homes work , for seasonal talks nd tourism focused events


Dressed in period costume I give  not only give talks but  do an assortment of costume work for ,towns .

sil cloak


lyn parsonage talk 4 sm mark davis

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

And occasionaly the theatre

jaand me

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

Talks include

The Tudors.


The Victorians


the 1940s

1940s haworth 2

and two further  literary talks

brown bronte gown parsonage

An interview with Charlotte Bronte and Tea with Miss Austen . regency gown

The talks 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)

Small groups WI  and other groups



conferanceOr childrens events

local day 1

In addition to my talks we do much more informal presentations usually in old people’s homes and day centers though we have also provided activities and a costumed presence  for school fun days or fundraising ,awareness raising events such as the Cliff castle museums fundraising tea party and the Bronte birthplace trusts filming seen at the beginning of the post

tea party

, at Haworth 1940s weekend and for Bronte events in Haworth .


These presentations include a power point talk ,singing ,a chance to try on hats and other items of clothing and a chance to be photographed in them,Discs with the photos are then given to organisers free of charge.The main presentations are


me and john work

The 1940s

me and tilly 40sand occasionally  seasonal ones  such as Christmas or Easter ,an optional extra at these talks is Tilly our Cavalier King Charles who is always happy to be  patted and treated by residents and will happily accompany staff to visit any residents who are room bound

tilly close up

While this covers my  main areas of work, we are also involved in the arts having worked closely with Bradford playhouse doing meet and great on several productions .Including Mandrakes magnificent machine, for which I received an  excellent  recommendation from playwright Douglas Thomson.

“Lynn is amazing and magical. Great attention to detail. Her costumes and work in all aspects are amazing. I highly recomend this high born lass to all.

Lynn supported our Work on The play Mandrak’es Magnificent Machine. She provided excellent front of house care and made our event really appealing to members of the public.”

January 3, 2011, Douglas was L’s client

We also worked doing meet and greet for Bronte boy ,which we worked on throughout its run In Halifax and Leeds

sqchaple hal

We 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  exclusive pre release screening  of Jane Eyre ,its first showing anywhere in the uk  ,these readings were given  for VIPs  including Hollywood director Cary Fukanuga

jane eyre reading

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 complimented previous work done for Haworth and BBC big screen Bradford  during filming its promotional video of Haworth

filming haworthgraveyard

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 and for re enactors attending events such as the San Francisco Dickensian festival and for Bradford playhouses special Solstice event.My costumes are all hand sewn and unique as I never use patterns.

We have often been used for promotional work and to provide a costumed presence that attracts media interest for events

roadshowfilning_haworthI am comfortable with doing work with the media to promote events and happy to  work with the press or photographers

bell chapel font

emily and the press


bell chapel filming ruin chapel

wuthering bikes 3

Hathaways has also been involved in organising events ,we ran the successful

emily writing

“Meet the Brontes” day at West Lane Baptist church which featured day time activities for children ,costume exhibitions and a chance to handle genuine Victorian items ,followed by evening talks and lectures by various speakers.

We exhibited costumes for a costume trail at Moor Lodge.

Provided childrens activities during the following days and  I also co wrote with Ian Howard a short work “A Bronte Christmas Carol”

rehearsles(many thanks to Tom Howard for use of this image)

” A Bronte Christmas carol”performed at Ferndean and which received very  favourable reviews

ferndean-christmas-carol1 mark davis

Though I am not a professional or even amateur author I have also been asked to write a couple of reviews of plays and books which feature online on various sites, the fullest can be found here,I usually write under the pen name of Abigail Bell.

Though I usually work alone or with my Husband John we do occasionally employ other younger ladies to help out


brotne filming

Emily Bronte Parsonage

me harry panto

finally I do sometimes hire out costumes for filming and promo shoots etc,though ths will require at least  three months advance notice.

three sisters west

three sisters road



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

Firstly my work for the Bronte Parsonage museum

Most recently I was booked to be Emily Bronte for a day of events including a train journey ,bus trip ,walk on the moor and garden party ,this event was also filmed Mrs Bronte day and advance publicity

the museums local day

one of the  gowns I have supplied to the Parsonage

Jane Eyre – Cary Fukunaga

My other Bronte related work (photo of myself with thw cast and quotes from my review)

‘A Bronte Christmas Carol’ at Ferndean manor

We have also  had our photograph  chosen by an author for basis of  her covers artwork andmore details to follow

As of the end of 2014 I will nomlonger covering events in costume or regularly take bookings for our old peoples home presentations.However  I still give talks and power point presentations .


About hathawaysofhaworth

I am a Historian and author living in the north
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