Bring Charlotte's little book home to Haworth

by The Brontë Society in Haworth, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd November 2019 we successfully raised £86,570 with 1090 supporters in 27 days

We are urgently raising funds to purchase at auction a rare 'little book' produced by Charlotte Brontë when she was 14 years old.

by The Brontë Society in Haworth, England, United Kingdom

Charlotte's little book

AUCTION DAY UPDATE:  Thank you so much to everyone who donated and supported this campaign. We are delighted to announce that we were successful at auction and Charlotte's little book is coming home!  As we have achieved our aim of acquiring this unique manuscript, we respectfully ask that no more pledges are made. Thank you again - we couldn't have done it without you.  

On Monday, 18 November, a tiny manuscript by Charlotte Brontë will be sold at auction in Paris.  The little book, dated 19 August 1830 and no bigger than a matchbox, is packed with stories and advertisements written in Charlotte's own hand.

This little book is expected to sell for at least £650,000. It came up for auction once before, just eight years ago, only to slip through our grasp and disappear into a private collection. It has barely been seen since.

We’re determined this time to succeed in bringing it home - to the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, where all those years ago, Charlotte carefully folded and stitched the little magazine into its brown paper cover and filled it with over 4000 tiny written words. Here it will be enjoyed by visitors and explored by scholars – and shared with our friends, members and Brontë enthusiasts around the world for generations to come.

We are urgently raising funds to purchase this extraordinary and rarely-seen manuscript so that it can be displayed at Charlotte's former home, now the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, so that it can inspire visitors and scholars for generations to come.

Why does this little book belong at the Brontë Parsonage Museum?

This is one in a sequence of six little books, of which five are known to survive. We already hold the other four in our world-class collection and these precious manuscripts are among our most loved and treasured exhibits.


This little book is of immense scholarly interest, charting Charlotte Brontë's development as a writer and revealing early themes that carry over into her published work. It is a genuine treasure, of enormous significance within our national literary heritage and we believe its rightful home is here, where it was created.

Buying something at auction... complicated! 

We’ve been working hard for months to raise enough funds to make a competitive bid at auction. We’d love to tell you exactly how much that is, but that wouldn’t be a wise thing to do, as we don’t want to tell other bidders what we’re planning! So please forgive us for not broadcasting how high we are prepared to go. 

And unfortunately, we can’t be certain of success: if we are outbid, your funds will automatically be returned to you soon after the 18th November. 

Let's make sure that doesn’t happen. 

These three weeks are our last chance to put together a winning bid. THANK YOU for supporting our campaign – here’s to welcoming Charlotte's little book back home!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£50 or more

Limited edition 'little book' bookmark

We'll send you a postcard from our Museum range PLUS a beautifully produced limited edition 'little book' bookmark, exclusive to supporters of our campaign.

£10 or more

Thank you!

You’ll receive a digital Thank You postcard of the little book.

£20 or more

Little book champion

A big THANK YOU from all of us at the Brontë Parsonage Museum and we’ll add your name to our Champions of the Little Book listing on our website.

£100 or more

A short film, sent direct to your inbox

We'll send you a private link to a specially-produced film introducing and explaining the distinctive features of the little book, with your name included in the supporter credits.

£250 or more

An invitation to a celebratory reception

You will receive an invitation, with a guest, to an exclusive celebratory reception welcoming the little book home to Haworth.

£500 or more

An opportunity to 'meet' the little book in person

You will receive a personal invitation to view the little book privately in the Parsonage Library in Haworth, in the company of one of our curators, at a mutually convenient time. This invitation will remain open for 18 months after the little book’s return to Haworth, to accommodate friends and supporters from across the UK and from overseas.

£5,000 or more

A special pass to view our treasures

Once each year, for three years, we will welcome you to the Parsonage with up to three guests for a privately arranged, close-up exploration of the treasures of our collection, including our latest acquisitions and any items which hold particular interest for you.

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