Charles Dickens Museum
Charles Dickens Museum
48 Doughty Street
020 7405 2127
020 7831 5175
The only surviving London home of Charles Dickens. Here, between 1837 and 1839, Dickens completed famous works such as The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.
The museum, set in an early Georgian house, was first opened in 1925 by the Dickens Fellowship, who still use it as their headquarters today. The Museum also has a garden cafe / tea room serving a range of sweet treats and savoury lunches.
The Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street, re-opens on 10 December in time to celebrate a Dickensian Christmas.
The museum has been transformed and expanded in a £3.1 million restoration project, supported with substantial funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, and now features original Victorian furniture and fittings, newly opened attics and kitchens, and a brand new education centre at neighbouring 49 Doughty Street.
Visitors to the museum will be taken on a unique journey back in time as they explore and discover Dickens’s life through richly recreated rooms and intimate displays of his personal belongings, paintings and his writing.
Last admission 16.30
Children under 12 free
- Museums Association
The collection ranges from paintings by well-known Victorian artists such as Maclise and Frith to manuscripts, personal items, memorabilia and reconstructed rooms.
Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Literature, Personalities
Key artists and exhibits
- Perhaps the most well-known exhibit is the portrait of Dickens by R.W. Buss (an original illustrator of Pickwick) 'Dickens's Dream' showing the author in his study at Gads Hill Place surrounded by creatures of his imagination.
A Dickens of a Christmas
- 1 — 24 December 2014 *on now
The Charles Dickens Museum are pleased to announce their Christmas festivities at the celebrated Victorian author’s ‘house in town’ – number 48 Doughty Street – Charles Dickens’s only remaining London family home. The house will be authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas and playing host to a season of magical events.
New to the Museum this year, Professor Michael Slater MBE will be exploring the darker side of Dickens’s Christmas stories in our ‘Bah Humbug Tuesdays’.
The programme also includes:
A Very Dickensian Christmas Eve – be transported back into a Victorian Christmas with mulled cider, mince pies and a host of immersive performances and demonstrations.
Christmas Lates – with a bar, film screenings and other Christmas surprises.
A Christmas Carol – Professor Michael Slater’s annual reading of Dickens’s much-loved festive tale.
Dickensian Christmas by Candlelight – soak up the atmosphere of a candlelit setting during these two magical evening openings.
Christmas Dickensian walks – stroll through the byways and backstreets of Dickensian London, including a visit to Dickens’s favourite tavern.
Christmas costumed tours – families are invited to step back in time to Christmas 1839, with Dickens’s housemaid leading you through the beautifully decorated house and letting you into a family secret or two…
Events are taking place throughout December, please check the website for full information.
Dickensian Photography Workshop and Walk
- 17 January 2015 12:30-4pm
This one day photography workshop examines the city sights that inspired the great Victorian author and sustained his lifelong fascination with the great metropolis. Suitable for photographers of all levels, the day will be led by professional photographer Andrea Artz, whose work is exhibited in the Charles Dickens Museum.
The morning begins with the opportunity for a self-guided visit of the Museum at 48 Doughty Street, the only remaining London home of Dickens, and therefore an inspirational starting point.
Participants will meet Andrea in the Museum for a brief introduction to the course at 13:30 before embarking on a bespoke walk taking in a variety of Dickens locations.
What you can expect from the day:
A more in depth understanding of the history connected with each Dickens location you visit
A combination of demonstration and practical exercises
An introduction on how to use your camera on Manual Mode including metering, ISO, f/stop, shutter speed, focus and white balance.
Tips on composition, including: rule of thirds, perspective, orientation, framing, decisive movement, use of colour and line, choice of lens, use of light
Assistance with use of cameras for beginners or those with new equipment and a more in depth approach for those with established photography skills
Bespoke advice and feedback for each individual and recommendations for further reading
£20 (including workshop and museum visit)
Participants must bring along their own camera
The workshop will finish in the Covent Garden area