Ann Dinsdale - Principal Curator, Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth

PUBLISHED: 00:00 10 September 2019

Ann Dinsdale curator of Bronte Museum Haworth

Ann Dinsdale curator of Bronte Museum Haworth


People of the county reveal their best Yorkshire life

Something in Yorkshire that makes you smile

The sense of humour of the people - that dry Yorkshire humour that's often very dark. It's wonderfully captured in Sally Wainwright's brilliant dramas.

A place you love to eat

My favourite in Haworth is called the Hawthorn on the main street. It's really atmospheric; it's like going into an old fashioned Gentleman's Club. They source local produce and have a special pizza oven. I'm vegetarian and they always do lovely risottos. There's also a really nice café called Cobbles and Clay, which is really sunny and bright and cheerful.

To take friends

East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley. I love the house and all the period furniture on display. It's in a really beautiful garden and it's tucked away. A lot of people are not aware of it, it's a little gem, an oasis not far from the main busy road to Bradford. It's so peaceful and has a lovely atmosphere.

A childhood memory

When I was very young I remember a place that seemed really exotic to me at the time; it had a lot of rocky ledges and caves. I used to pester my mother asking where it was but she couldn't remember where I was referring to. Many years later going on a walk I went into Oakworth Park in Keighley and that's where it was. The whole park was landscaped in the 19th century by a man called Isaac Holden and he created a kind of grotto in the park. Going back as an adult, what I remembered being high ledges as a child seemed a lot smaller!

A cultural go-to

Salt's Mill at Saltaire. It's a fantastic place, I love the amazing collection of David Hockney's works, and the antiques, lovely shops and the diner. Ilkley Literature Festival is also an annual highlight. Apart from doing the event this year, I do go to it regularly. It's such an impressive range of speakers that feature at the festival.

Inspiration outdoors

Haworth and the moors. There's some beautiful landscapes from Penistone Hill in Haworth looking over towards Stanbury. It has the little stone farmhouses on the moorland and the sky is ever-changing.

A place for indulgence

Bettys in Ilkley! Where better?

A Yorkshire view that inspires

The Moors in Haworth offer the most inspirational views - that wild moorland landscape continues to inspire me.

I'm never happier than when

I'm walking from Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay for lunch. It's a beautiful coastal path and the little cobbled streets are home to a fantastic antiques shop in Robin Hood's Bay that I always like to go to.

Three words that sum up your best Yorkshire life…

Landscape, Culture and Literature.

Ann Dinsdale is in conversation with Professor Kathryn Sutherland from the Jane Austen's House Museum at Ilkley Literature Festival on Saturday 12 October.

The Ilkley Literature Festival runs October 4-20, with over 170 author events featuring Simon Armitage, Clare Balding, Kirsty Wark, David Suchet, Alistair Campbell, Prue Leith, Lemn Sissay and Gyles Brandreth. Box Office: 01943 816714 @‌ilkleylitfest

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