That Beats Banagher Festival 2022

Jul 22nd – Jul 24th

That Beats Banagher Festival
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A Celebration of the Legacy of the Brontë’s in Banagher.
This exhibition is a collaboration between the Crafting Ladies of Banagher and its Curator, Maebh O’Regan. The aim of the project is to highlight the role Arthur Bell Nicholls played in preserving the memory of his wife, Charlotte, and other members of the Brontë family. Arthur tightly guarded all the manuscripts, pictures, wedding memorabilia, and objects he inherited in 1861. They remained in his home in Hill House until his death in 1906. They were later sold at auction in Sotheby’s and many of the objects found their way back to the Parsonage Museum in Haworth. The Crafting ladies of Banagher have been making textile banners of these items since 2019. They include various portraits, and buildings associated with the family, for example, Arthur’s original home at Cuba Court, where Charlotte and Arthur spent their honeymoon in 1854.
Other panels such as Emily’s Diary Paper, provide an insight into the sibling’s creative activities.

The film premiere, The Discovery of the Brontë Family Portrait in Hill House in Banagher in 1914 is by Maebh O’Regan and narrates the story of their brother Branwell’s lost masterpiece discovered folded up on a wardrobe in Hill House (now Charlotte’s Way B & B). This painting is considered to be one of the most significant portraits in the British National Collection. The film was made in Crank House, Hill House, and Banagher and in the National Portrait Collection in London in 2022.


22 July 2022
18:30 - 20:00
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Crank House
Banagher, Ireland
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