Hard-up museum turns to 'Brontë industry' for funds

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Their surname was one that Patrick Brontë, the father of the trio of literary sisters, in effect made up. But it proved so evocative of stories of passion and a wild Yorkshire landscape that it has since been adopted to brand everything from spring water to poultry-processing.

But now the cash-strapped Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire, has decided that it too should be entitled to some of the money being made from the business of trading in the family's name.

To that end, Richard Wilcocks, the chairman of the Brontë Society, has written to three dozen companies trading under the title to seek support for the running of the house where the family lived.

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