minded Woman and Friend of Charlotte Brontë opens tomorrow March 3rd. As reported by the Yorkshire Post.
AN exhibition exploring the life of a pioneering Yorkshire woman is coming back to a West Yorkshire museum after touring to a museum in New Zealand.
Entitled Mary Taylor: Strong-minded Woman and Friend of Charlotte Brontë, it will be at Red House Museum, Gomersal, from Saturday, March 3, to March 25.
The museum was under threat of closure by Kirklees Council but will now remain open but could be subject to admission charges from June 1st.
The exhibition will coincide with International Women’s Day celebrations.
Mary Taylor, who was born into a Yorkshire woollen merchant’s family at Red House, has attracted international attention for her unusually independent lifestyle and writings.
“Leading mountain climbing expeditions to Switzerland; emigrating to New Zealand; setting up a business and teaching in Germany would represent an adventurous life even today. For a woman to do it in the 1800s was extraordinary,” says museum officer, Helga Hughes.
The exhibition was created in partnership with Joan Bellamy, a former lecturer who was born in Liversedge and is author of Mary Taylor’s biography More Precious Than Rubies.
The exhibition has shown in Wellington, New Zealand, for 18 months. bronteblog/mary-taylor-strong-minded-woman-