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New immersive installation recreates Patrick Bronte’s cataract experience

The exhibition explores the memories and imagination of the father of Charlotte and Emily Bronte as he recovered from a cataract operation

09 Aug 2019 by Selina Powell

A new immersive installation at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in West Yorkshire will recreate the cataract experience of the father of Charlotte and Emily Bronte.

The exhibition, which runs from 10 August to 1 December, combines light and sound to share Patrick Bronte’s memories and imagination as he recovered from a cataract operation.

A description on the Bronte Parsonage Museum’s website highlighted that Mr Bronte travelled to Manchester for a cataract operation at the age of 70.  

“After the surgery, he lay still in a darkened room for weeks to heal, being cared for by Charlotte. It was at this time that she began to write Jane Eyre.”

The installation has been created by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the Bronte Society’s 2019 creative partner.

Image credit: Pixabay

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