A conference in partnership with Calderdale Museums

The BBC’s drama Gentleman Jack is the most recent interpretation of diarist Anne Lister, who recorded her life in great detail from 1806 to 1840. She was a remarkable scholar, traveller, business woman and property owner, and her diaries also reveal she was a lesbian who defied the norms of the time. In 2016 the Brontë biopic To Walk Invisible interpreted the Brontës as never before
in choosing to focus in the three years in which the sisters wrote the books that made them famous, the drama highlighted the bleak domestic situation they endured, and therefore the extraordinary feat they achieved.

This one-day conference hosted by the Brontë Parsonage Museum and Calderdale Museums seeks to examine these remarakble early nineteenth-century West Yorkshire women through a series of papers from invited scholars and museum professionals which will examine a range of topics such as: legacy, non-conformism, hidden histories and censorship, interpretation and adaptation in film, television, literature and radio.