The world of AS-level prescribed text, Wuthering Heights, was brought to life for the 13 students who have spent the last several months studying the novel, as they spent time exploring the Brontë Parsonage Museum and surrounding areas.
The day began with a talk by Brontë expert Sue Newby about the context and life of the Brontë family, followed by a fascinating guided tour of the village and churchyard. Time was then spent exploring the museum and breaking for lunch, before going to the second talk, which was a particularly thought-provoking and useful guide to some of the differing critical receptions to the novel throughout the years.
From mid-afternoon, the group enjoyed a moorland walk in the sunshine, taking in the Brontë waterfall and incorporating a steep climb up to Top Withens, the place which is regarded by many to be the inspiration for the setting of Wuthering Heights.
Overall, it was a very successful visit and one which will be very helpful to developing students' responses to Wuthering Heights in their forthcoming examination.