Dickens and London
Exhibition at the Museum of London
9th December 2011 – 10th June 2012
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens in the first major UK exhibition for over 40 years.
Recreating the atmosphere of Victorian London through sound and projections, you’ll be taken on a haunting journey to discover the city that inspired his writings. Paintings, photographs, costume and objects will illustrate themes that Dickens wove into his works, while rarely seen manuscripts including Bleak House and David Copperfield – written in the author’s own hand – will offer clues to his creative genius.
During your visit you’ll discover how Dickens’ childhood experiences of London, working in a blacking factory while his father was locked away in a debtor’s prison, were introduced into the stories he wrote. The great social questions of the 19th century, including wealth and poverty, prostitution, childhood mortality and philanthropy, will also be examined, all of which set the scene for Dickens’ greatest works.
Highlights of the exhibition will include an audio-visual experience bringing to life the desk and chair where Dickens worked on his novels, and a specially commissioned film by one of the UK’s leading documentary filmmakers, William Raban, which will explore the similarities between London after dark today and the night time city described by Dickens over 150 years ago.