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The Dickens Museum in London

Article about the Dickens Museum in London. The article describes the history and collection of the dicken museum and how to get to the museum.

The Charles Dickens Museum in London is dedicated to the work of one of the most famous British novelists, Charles Dickens. The museum is situated at 48 Doughty Street in Holborn, London, where Dickens lived and worked for two years. This house is the only remaining house in London where Dickens has lived and worked. The Charles Dickens Museum opened in 1925.

Dickens Museum History

The Georgian terrace house in Doughty Street was rented by Dickens from 1837 to 1839 and he lived here with his wife Catherine and the eldest three of their ten children. When his novels started to sell more, the wealth of Dickens grew and he moved to larger homes in the British capital. In 1923 the house was threatened with demolition and the Dickens Fellowship managed to save the last remaining property where Dickens lived in London and turned it into a permanent museum. Dickens wrote at least four novels in the house at Doughty Street and these novels are;

• The Pickwick Papers in 1836

• Oliver Twist in 1838

• Nicholas Nickleby in 1838 – 1839

• Barnaby Rudge in 1840 – 1841

What can you find in the Dickens Museum?

The museum is spread over four floors throughout the house and is furbished in the style of the Dickens interior at the time he lived there with his family. The collection contains many original manuscripts and costumes from the musicals that are based on his novels. There are six ‘Oliver!’ paintings on display that are made by Francis Hamel Cook which he made in the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane during dress rehearsals for the musical Oliver! Another important piece of the exhibition is the unfinished portrait of Dickens in his study at Gads Hill Place by R. W. Buss. Buss was the original illustrator of the Pickwick Papers and he painted Dickens in his study surrounded by many of his fictive characters. The museum also features special exhibitions about the life and work of Dickens as well as occasional exhibitions by other artists. The most recent exhibition is related to the 50th anniversary of the musical Oliver! This exhibition contains original costumes and unique items from the Cameron Mackintosh Archive and the Lionel Bart Archive which were never on display for public before.

How to get to the Dickens Museum?

48 Doughty Street London WC1N2LX England

By underground:

Take the Piccadilly Line and exit at Russell Square Station or take the Central Line and exit at Chancery Lane Station or Holborn Station.

By Bus:

Take Bus 7, 17, 19, 38, 45, 46, 55 or 243

The Dickens Museum is open every Monday to Sunday from 10 to 17 hour.

About Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is considered to be the most important novelist of the Victorian era. Many of his novels have fictive characters that are widely known by the public. His most famous characters are; Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Oliver Twist, Fagin, Miss Hayisham, David Copperfield and Samuel Pickwick. Dickens was born on the 7th of February 1812 and he died on the age of 58 in 1870.

For actual information about temporary exhibitions visit the museum website at: www.dickensmuseum.com

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