Jill Freeman and Anne Powell are the daughters of Florence ‘Twinks’ Hunter, the Yorkshire-born actress who played young Cathy in the 1920s silent film production of Wuthering Heights.
Last year, the Brontë Society acquired the full script of Albert Victor Bramble’s 1920s production which includes 22 pages of director’s notes including details of costumes and locations.
The script, together with original stills showing the film crew and members of the cast, are now on display to the public, but Mrs Freeman and Mrs Powell made an appointment to view it at close quarters in the museum library. Mrs Powell said: “It’s just wonderful to see these pages detailing what mum had to do. There is no surviving copy of the film, but this script gives us a glimpse of what it might have been like.” Mrs Freeman added: “It’s very special to see this and imagine our mother as a six-year-old actress.” Florence Hunter was one of the most successful child stars during the early British film industry. She became known as ‘Twinks’ after her screen billing of ‘Baby Twinkles’. She died in Ripon in January 2000. Rebecca Yorke, communications officer at the museum, added: “One of the central aims of the Brontë Society is to share its world class collection with people of all ages and from all over the world. “Museum staff are always happy to welcome to the library by arrangement, guests who have a personal or academic link to a particular item and not a week goes by when we don’t have a visitor who feels a special ‘connection’ to the museum and the collection.
“Earlier this week, we had a visit from someone who has been visiting the museum for 55 years and had had their wedding photographs taken in the Parsonage garden! “The comments we receive in our visitor's book and via social media reinforces the fact that the Brontës continue to have contemporary relevance and worldwide appeal.