The Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum The Charles Dickens Museum is the only surviving London residence of the great Victorian novelist and social commentator. It houses the world's most important collection of his writing and material related to his life.
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Today marks Charley Junior's birthday and as the day following #TwelfthNight was always a day of celebration in the #Dic...
06/01/2021

Today marks Charley Junior's birthday and as the day following #TwelfthNight was always a day of celebration in the #Dickens household! With a Twelfth Night cake of course! Read more: https://bit.ly/38OJAnI

So if you do need a reason for cake & afternoon tea... 🎂🫖

#Dickens #DickensMuseum #OTD #BOTD #AfternoonTea #Cake #Birthdays #JanuaryBlues

Happy #TwelfthNight all! Anyone else superstitious and hard at work taking down Christmas decorations? Or are they helpi...
05/01/2021

Happy #TwelfthNight all! Anyone else superstitious and hard at work taking down Christmas decorations? Or are they helping #January feel a little less bleak?

#TwelveDaysOfChristmas #Dickens #DickensMuseum #Decorations #Christmas #NewYear #Traditions #Superstitions #MuseXmas

Cheers to the #NewYear! 🍻We recently received a #donation of these six fabulous Dickens themed beer mugs. They were made...
03/01/2021

Cheers to the #NewYear! 🍻

We recently received a #donation of these six fabulous Dickens themed beer mugs. They were made in the mid-1950s by potters T.G. Green & Co of Derbyshire for the Bass-Worthington Brewery. The collectable mugs are characteristic mid-century pastel colours, and feature illustrations of classic Dickens characters like Little Nell, Mr. Pickwick and Mrs. Gamp.

It’s unknown why Bass partnered with T.G. Green & Co to produce a set of Dickens collectable beer mugs, but it seems the collaboration was both convenient and fruitful as the two companies were in neighbouring towns, and T.G. Green and Co made many series’ of collectable ceramics for the brewery throughout the 20th century. It’s also unknown who created the illustrations for the beer mugs, some of which are based on famous Dickens illustrations.

The beer mugs are a bright and cheerful edition to the museum’s ceramics collection, and good examples of how Dickens’s universal popularity survived well into the 20th century!

#Dickens #DickensMuseum #Collection #HappyNewYear

Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year! Let's try and count our blessings as we look towards a more hopeful 2021.....
01/01/2021

Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year! Let's try and count our blessings as we look towards a more hopeful 2021...

#QuoteOfTheDay #Dickens #HappyNewYear #NewYear #QOTD

"I always shed a few tears watching this in the flesh and I shed them, too, seeing it online, which is a measure of its ...
31/12/2020
Absent friends over Christmas

"I always shed a few tears watching this in the flesh and I shed them, too, seeing it online, which is a measure of its success."

Our favourite #review yet! Thank you Tim Walker and New European for ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Have a read! You have until 6pm GMT to get your tickets - https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/all-events/virtual-show-dominic-gerrards-a-christmas-carol | #Dickens #DickensMuseum #LastShow #NewYearsEve #VirtualEvents

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/review-of-a-christmas-carol-6856750

Tim Walker reviews A Christmas Carol, streaming from the Charles Dickens Museum on December 31 I missed catching up with old friends over...

31/12/2020

From our house to yours, wishing you all the very best for 2021!

#FestiveSeason #Christmas #Decorations #NewYearsEve #NewYear #DickensMuseum #SoundOn #Farewell2020 #Hello2021

Wishing you all a healthy, peaceful and restful long weekend 🎉 #Dickens #DickensMuseum #ChristmasDecorations #DeckedForT...
27/12/2020

Wishing you all a healthy, peaceful and restful long weekend 🎉

#Dickens #DickensMuseum #ChristmasDecorations #DeckedForTheSeason #TisTheSeason #MuseumFromHome #MuseXmas #HistoricHouse #Victorian #Piano #Music #Ivy #Decorations Image - Lewis Bush

Happy Holidays to one and all from all of us here at the Dickens Museum.“We’re absolutely crushed that we can’t celebrat...
25/12/2020

Happy Holidays to one and all from all of us here at the Dickens Museum.

“We’re absolutely crushed that we can’t celebrate Christmas with you in person this year – it always gives us great pleasure to share the delights of Doughty Street and the joy of the festive season, a time that Dickens loved and that will forever be associated with him through his most famous work, A Christmas Carol.

I hope it won’t be too long before we’re able to re-open again and welcome you back! Until then, to paraphrase Dickens, we shall honour Christmas in our hearts and try to keep it all the year.” – Dr Cindy Sughrue, Director

#HappyHolidays #MerryChristmas #Dickens #DickensMuseum #ChristmasDecorations #DeckedForTheSeason #TisTheSeason #MuseumFromHome #MuseXmas #HistoricHouse #Victorian

Image – Lewis Bush

It's finally #ChristmasEve! Anyone prepping the #pudding ready for tomorrow? Worth prepping ahead if you'll be steaming ...
24/12/2020

It's finally #ChristmasEve! Anyone prepping the #pudding ready for tomorrow? Worth prepping ahead if you'll be steaming for the full 4 hours! Recipe is easier than it sounds!

Head to our YouTube channel for a full video recipe on the original Christmas Pudding from food historian Pen Vogler. https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/charles-dickens-museum/the-original-christmas-pudding-recipe-cooking-with-dickens

#MuseXmas #MuseumFromHome #DickensMuseum #Christmas #ChristmasPudding #PlumPudding

Image - Lewis Bush

This is how we're spending our #ChristmasEveEve! You can still join us for an UNABRIDGED #reading of #AChristmasCarol at...
23/12/2020

This is how we're spending our #ChristmasEveEve! You can still join us for an UNABRIDGED #reading of #AChristmasCarol at any point today! Tickets on sale until 19:30 GMT | Book now: https://bit.ly/3pha0VE

Please note this is a LIVE reading, if purchasing tickets after it has begun you will be able to tune in at that time. Pay what You Can and enjoy as much or as little of the event as you'd like. Stave 3 kicks off at 17:30 & Staves 4 & 5 at 20:00 GMT 📚🎄

Illustration by Léna Gibert 🎄 | #VirtualEvents #Dickens #DickensMuseum #MerryChristmas

Grab a drink and join us for the first of many family Zoom calls this week! Only this one is gatecrashing the Dickenses ...
22/12/2020
Virtual Event: A Dickens Family Christmas

Grab a drink and join us for the first of many family Zoom calls this week! Only this one is gatecrashing the Dickenses as they discuss all the vital ingredients of a #Dickens family Christmas past, present and yet to come! ...less than 2 hrs to book!
https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/all-events/virtual-event-a-dickens-family-christmas

Grab a warming drink by the fire and join us for a family Zoom call with a difference to get into the spirit. Join the extended Dickens family as they share memories from generations past and discuss all the vital ingredients of a Dickens family Christmas.

Join us tomorrow to kick off your Christmas week with the Dickens descendants! In a year of Zoom fatigue this promises t...
21/12/2020

Join us tomorrow to kick off your Christmas week with the Dickens descendants! In a year of Zoom fatigue this promises to be a family Zoom call with a difference to help you get into the spirit!

Dickens's great great grandson Ian Dickens will be hosting as family and extended family share memories from generations past, the vital ingredients of a Dickens family Christmas in the present and perhaps most importantly the family recipe for Smoking Bishop!

Tuesday 22nd December | 19.30 GMT | Book now: https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/all-events/virtual-event-a-dickens-family-christmas

#Dickens #DickensMuseum #DickensFamilyChristmas #VirtualEvents #ZoomLife #Christmas #ChristmasWeek #Family

This is is folks! Last half hour to get your tickets for our 2pm show today! To paraphrase a little Dickens 'May we haun...
20/12/2020
Virtual Show: 'A Christmas Carol' Performed by Dominic Gerrard

This is is folks! Last half hour to get your tickets for our 2pm show today! To paraphrase a little Dickens 'May we haunt your houses pleasantly' #Dickens #VirtualEvents #AChristmasCarol #Christmas

Book now: https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/all-events/virtual-show-dominic-gerrards-a-christmas-carol

Experience this celebrated production of A Christmas Carol online from inside Dickens’s London home. Filmed this year by candlelight, this beautiful, haunting, adaptation will follow Scrooge through the very rooms where Dickens lived and wrote.

Last chance before #Christmas to catch our very own #AChristmasCarol production filmed from within Dickens's own house t...
19/12/2020
Virtual Show: 'A Christmas Carol' Performed by Dominic Gerrard

Last chance before #Christmas to catch our very own #AChristmasCarol production filmed from within Dickens's own house tomorrow! Perfect treat to battle the misery!

Sun 20 Dec | 14:00 GMT | Followed by live Q&A w. actor Dominic Gerrard and special guests! 🎄 #Dickens #DickensMuseum #VirtualEvents

Book now: https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/all-events/virtual-show-dominic-gerrards-a-christmas-carol

Experience this celebrated production of A Christmas Carol online from inside Dickens’s London home. Filmed this year by candlelight, this beautiful, haunting, adaptation will follow Scrooge through the very rooms where Dickens lived and wrote.

#AChristmasCarol was published #onthisday in 1843, with only a week to go until Christmas! Yet it sold out and was a hug...
19/12/2020

#AChristmasCarol was published #onthisday in 1843, with only a week to go until Christmas! Yet it sold out and was a huge hit with Dickens's readers and paved the way for the four further lesser known #Christmas stories. Interestingly, the story was completed in 6 weeks, 6000 copies were printed in the first run, all of which sold out in 6 days (by Christmas Eve)!

Do you have a favourite line from the story? Comment below! Ours has to be “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!” - Scrooge to the Ghost of Marley

#Dickens #DickensMuseum #OTD #QuoteOfTheDay #Novella

Image: First Edition A Christmas Carol
📸Lewis Bush

UPDATE: Due to Tier 4 restrictions the shop is now closed except for Click & Collect orders. Please shop online at https...
18/12/2020

UPDATE: Due to Tier 4 restrictions the shop is now closed except for Click & Collect orders. Please shop online at https://dickensmuseum.com/pages/curiosity-shop

The #museum is closed but the shop is twinkling and looking festive!

Happy to announce our onsite shop at 49 Doughty Street is OPEN for last-minute gift purchases and click & collect orders every day, 10am–5pm, except 25 to 28 December inclusive.

Just ring doorbell upon arrival 🛒

#Dickens #DickensMuseum #MuseXmas #CuriosityShop #Shopping #ShopMuseums #FridayFeeling #Christmas #christmascountdown #oneweektogo

Number 1 thing to do this week according to Time Out London! #AChristmasCarol from within Dickens's home... It’s the clo...
17/12/2020
Things to do in London this week

Number 1 thing to do this week according to
Time Out London! #AChristmasCarol from within Dickens's home... It’s the closest you’ll get to spending the night in Dickens’s bedroom. Fancy it? You've got until 6pm GMT when ticket bookings for tonight close!

https://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/things-to-do-in-london-this-week

#Dickens #DickensMuseum #VirtualEvents #Christmas #FestiveSeason #MuseumFromHome #MuseXmas #ThursdayThoughts #BookNow #Adaptation

The best things to do in London this week, including music, theatre, art, live streamed events, poetry nights and winter walks, chosen by Time Out's critics.

As London is now in Tier 3 and sadly we can’t let you all in for a festive meander around Dickens’s home we decided we’l...
17/12/2020

As London is now in Tier 3 and sadly we can’t let you all in for a festive meander around Dickens’s home we decided we’ll do our best to bring more of the house in all its splendour straight to you. We’ve worked hard decking the halls and dressing up every corner for the festive season. Soon it’ll all be taken down and we’re gutted to not have visitors at this special time of year which is usually a highlight for us just as much as for you! So we’ll be doing our best to bring you sneak peeks of the Victorian fayre through our social media channels! #StayTuned

#Dickens #DickensMuseum #ChristmasDecorations #DeckedForTheSeason #TisTheSeason #MuseumFromHome #MuseXmas #HistoricHouse #Victorian #TheLittleThings #Details #VictorianHouse #Grade1Listed

Image - Lewis Bush

16/12/2020

In just under 24 hours join us for the premiere of our very own 'A Christmas Carol' performed and captured from the very depths and corners of Dickens's home performed by the incredible Dominic Gerrard and of course with the help of everyone's favourite puppet Scrooge! Here's a peek at what you're in for 👀

Book now at https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/all-events/virtual-show-dominic-gerrards-a-christmas-carol

#AChristmasCarol #Theatre #Dickens #DickensMuseum #Christmas #TrailerLaunch #Scrooge #VirtualEvents #BookNow

15/12/2020
Join the housemaid for a Christmas tour this evening....

First of our Christmas #HousemaidTours this evening for anyone who needs a little cheering up! Still time to book for a Victorian house tour and a gander at Dicken's home dressed for the season! Plus lots of gossip from the housemaid...

Tuesday 15th December | 7pm GMT | Join us from anywhere in the world!

#Dickens #DickensMuseum #VirtualEvents

Book now https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/all-events/virtual-christmas-housemaids-tour

As London moves into Tier 3 from Wed 16 December, we will sadly once again be closed to visitors until further notice. P...
15/12/2020

As London moves into Tier 3 from Wed 16 December, we will sadly once again be closed to visitors until further notice.

Please bear with us as we get in touch with general admission ticketholders asap. In the meantime, why not book onto our wide range of virtual events for the festive season so we can still bring a little #Christmas cheer straight to you!

Book now for tours, performances & much more https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/all-events

Image: Dominic Gerrard and Puppet Scrooge from Dickens Museum's #AChristmasCarol streaming 17th, 20th and 31st December followed by live Q&A.

#DickensMuseum #Dickens #HistoricHouse #AChristmasCarol #VirtualEvents #SupportSmallMuseums

Join Dickens's great great great granddaughter to discover what Christmas was really like in the 19th century and find o...
12/12/2020
Virtual Talk: Dickens and Christmas by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

Join Dickens's great great great granddaughter to discover what Christmas was really like in the 19th century and find out how #CharlesDickens and his own family celebrated #Christmas this weekend! Sunday 13th December | 5.30pm GMT via Zoom

Book NOW: https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/all-events/virtual-talk-dickens-and-christmas-by-lucinda-dickens-hawksley

#Dickens #DickensMuseum #VirtualEvents #ChristmasEvents #FestiveSeason

Join Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and discover what Christmas was really like in the 19th century. Find out how Charles Dickens and his own family celebrated Christmas, and how Dickens’s stories helped to influence the way we celebrate today.

We recently received a #donation of this lovely early 20th century drawing of the Pickwick Room at the George and Vultur...
11/12/2020

We recently received a #donation of this lovely early 20th century drawing of the Pickwick Room at the George and Vulture pub in London by Earnest Coffin.

The George and Vulture is an 18th century pub just off Lombard Street in the City, and it was frequented by Dickens as a young man. In fact, he liked the place so much, he mentioned it about 20 times in the #PickwickPapers and named it as the usual meeting place of Mr. Pickwick and his friends.

This connection with The Pickwick Papers inspired the creation of the ‘Pickwick Room’ at the George and Vulture, with its many Dickens themed artworks and portraits that you can see in the drawing. The artist, Ernest Coffin, was a skilled architectural artist who drew and painted many London landmarks. He is most famous for his bright and cheerful railway posters in the 1920s and 1930s.

#DidYouKnow The success of the Pickwick Papers inspired the creation of many real life Pickwick clubs around the world, including the City Pickwick Club which was founded in 1909. Fittingly, the City Pickwick Club held their inaugural dinner at the George and Vulture, and they still holds their yearly meetings there today.

Many thanks to Harrison Goldman from Dawsons Auctions for helping facilitate the donation!

#Dickens #DickensMuseum #Collection #GeorgeAndVulture #London #ThePickwickPapers #London #Artist #Architecture

Harrison Goldman Dawsons Auctioneers & Valuers

Episode 1 of the new #ArtAndStuff podcast is here and its on everyone's favourite story the Dickens #LostPortrait! Liste...
10/12/2020
Art and Stuff

Episode 1 of the new #ArtAndStuff podcast is here and its on everyone's favourite story the Dickens #LostPortrait! Listen now! 👂

www.podfollow.com/art-and-stuff

#Dickens #DickensMuseum #PodcastRecommendations Art Fund

Taking a closer look at some of the most fascinating stuff inside our museums. From bits of buried treasure to iconic portraits to outlandish furniture, what do these things say about us? Each episode, we hear from a range of people who share their expertise and passion, revealing the incredible sto...

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48 Doughty Street
London
WC1N 2LX

Nearest Tube Stations: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line) Chancery Lane (Central Line) By Bus: 7, 17, 19, 38, 45, 46, 55, 243.

General information

We are open Tuesday-Sunday, and bank holiday Monday's 10am - 5pm (Last admission is at 4pm) Admission: Adults £9 Concessions (Seniors / Students) £7 Children £4 (6 - 16 years) Children 5 years and under go free

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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+442074052127

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My husband bought all my Christmas presents from the Charles Dickens Museum this year to make us both happy!
Today's read.
A watercolour painting I've done of Scrooge.
A watercolour painting I've done of Scrooge & Marley's ghost.
I read the following letter which Dickens wrote to the Times in 1867 with interest. Was Dickens right or wrong and how much so? There are also 2 enjoyable letters about his views on social reform and trains. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/letterarchive/Charles_Dickens.html#collapse2 September 4, 1867 To the editor of The Times Sir, -A newspaper paragraph (originating, I have no doubt, in some innocent mistake), to the effect that I am much out of health, has become widely circulated, both in England and abroad, and has brought many inquiries upon me. Will you allow me to state in your columns that the statement is wholly destitute of foundation, and that I was never better in my life? Faithfully yours, CHARLES DICKENS.
I ordered some presents at the museum's shop and I am overwhelmed by the very fast shipment as well as the friendly note accompanying my parcel. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Hoping to be able to visit the museum again in the near future. Lovely place!
A Watercolour painting I've done of Scrooge.
I recommend Dominic Gerrard's A Christmas Carol.
A Watercolour painting I've done of Charles Dickens.
A Watercolour painting I've done of Charles Dickens.
'Dickens reads Dickens' is a series The Charles Dickens Museum is running in an appeal for support during this difficult time. There are already several readings, released every Saturday teatime! Enjoy! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=300410011000866
Charles Dickens' death and The Mystery of Edwin Drood: