Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum Charles Dickens was born in this house on 7th February 1812. The Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum is the perfect place to start exploring and experiencing the work of one of England’s most famous and best-loved writers.
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Charles Dickens was born in this house, then known as 1 Mile End Terrace, on 7th February 1812. It was the first married home of his parents, John and Elizabeth Dickens. Here you can experience the authentic atmosphere of the comfortable Regency home which would have greeted the new-born Dickens. Much of Victorian Portsmouth still remains in the city’s streets and heritage, drawn upon by Dickens h

Charles Dickens was born in this house, then known as 1 Mile End Terrace, on 7th February 1812. It was the first married home of his parents, John and Elizabeth Dickens. Here you can experience the authentic atmosphere of the comfortable Regency home which would have greeted the new-born Dickens. Much of Victorian Portsmouth still remains in the city’s streets and heritage, drawn upon by Dickens h

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Today we are celebrating the life of Charles Dickens. Born in Portsmouth Charles John Huffam Dickens went on to become o...
09/06/2021

Today we are celebrating the life of Charles Dickens. Born in Portsmouth Charles John Huffam Dickens went on to become one of the most well-known authors of the 19th century. Despite having no formal education he was Editor of a weekly journal for over twenty years, he wrote fifteen novels, five novellas, a vast number of short stories and non-fiction articles and performed readings extensively. Charles Dickens 7th February 1812 - 9th June 1870

Today we are celebrating the life of Charles Dickens. Born in Portsmouth Charles John Huffam Dickens went on to become one of the most well-known authors of the 19th century. Despite having no formal education he was Editor of a weekly journal for over twenty years, he wrote fifteen novels, five novellas, a vast number of short stories and non-fiction articles and performed readings extensively. Charles Dickens 7th February 1812 - 9th June 1870

Discover early Victorian food and diets in Portsmouth, over 200 years ago when Dickens was a child. In this online famil...
30/03/2021

Discover early Victorian food and diets in Portsmouth, over 200 years ago when Dickens was a child. In this online family friendly workshop see inside the house Dickens was born in and travel back in time and imagine the taste of Victorian #Pompey. To book and find out more visit https://charlesdickensbirthplace.co.uk/what-to-see-do/events/?e=dining-with-dickens

Discover early Victorian food and diets in Portsmouth, over 200 years ago when Dickens was a child. In this online family friendly workshop see inside the house Dickens was born in and travel back in time and imagine the taste of Victorian #Pompey. To book and find out more visit https://charlesdickensbirthplace.co.uk/what-to-see-do/events/?e=dining-with-dickens

Are your children in receipt of free school meals? Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum are proud to be part of the the Ho...
30/03/2021

Are your children in receipt of free school meals? Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum are proud to be part of the the Holiday Activities Fund in #Pompey. Discover ways to keep the kids entertained this Easter and how to get a free food hamper with five lunches. Visit https://charlesdickensbirthplace.co.uk/what-to-see-do/events/?e=dining-with-dickens

Are your children in receipt of free school meals? Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum are proud to be part of the the Holiday Activities Fund in #Pompey. Discover ways to keep the kids entertained this Easter and how to get a free food hamper with five lunches. Visit https://charlesdickensbirthplace.co.uk/what-to-see-do/events/?e=dining-with-dickens

The Lord Mayor Cllr Wood and Mr Tim Suffolk, Chair of The Dickens Fellowship, marking the anniversary of Charles Dickens...
08/02/2021

The Lord Mayor Cllr Wood and Mr Tim Suffolk, Chair of The Dickens Fellowship, marking the anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth yesterday, in an understated socially distanced moment. Hopefully next year we will be able to gather and celebrate as normal.

Over the years we have been donated many souvenir pieces and memorabilia relating to Dickens. Here we have a toby-jug in...
08/02/2021

Over the years we have been donated many souvenir pieces and memorabilia relating to Dickens. Here we have a toby-jug in the style of Mr Pickwick, an Osborne ivorex wall plaque depicting Sarah Gamp (from The Old Curiosity Shop), and a teapot illustrated with scenes from The Christmas Carol.

As part of the birth anniversary, today we are sharing some portrait images from the collection, showing of Charles Dick...
07/02/2021

As part of the birth anniversary, today we are sharing some portrait images from the collection, showing of Charles Dickens at various stages of his life. Here is a stipple engraving by E. Rolfe showing Dickens at the age of 26 years; a coloured photoprint by Augustus Leopold; an etching by L. Rogers depicting Dickens at the age of 40 years, and an oil on canvas portrait of Dickens painted by local artist H.C Bryant, in retrospect of the artist's death.

07/02/2021

A behind the scenes guided tour of the Charles Dickens Birthplace by Susan Ward, Curator of Art

Charles Dickens is well known not only for his characters but also for the locations that set the scene where many a cri...
06/02/2021

Charles Dickens is well known not only for his characters but also for the locations that set the scene where many a crime of passion or trist took place.
Here we have chosen: 'Captain Cuttle's Lodgings' from Dombey & Son, 'Blundeston Rectory, near Lowestoft' from David Copperfield, and 'The Steps at London Bridge (Surrey side)' from Oliver Twist, all from the Dickens collection. These images were originally published as part of a series of illustrated cigarette cards in the 1950's by R&J Hill Ltd. There were 50 different images so people could enjoy collecting the whole set.

In the Portsmouth Museums collection there are some fantastic illustrations depicting scenes and characters from Dickens...
05/02/2021

In the Portsmouth Museums collection there are some fantastic illustrations depicting scenes and characters from Dickens' novels. The one featured here is by Chris Orr MBE RA and is inspired by reading 'Bleak House'. Orr was living in Holborn at the time and remembers seeing a Theatre Group perform the whole book, over two nights with just four actors and four chairs. A self-acclaimed Dickens aficionado, Orr saw an immediate connection with the author's detailed narrative vision and his own story-telling in pictures. 'I walked everyday along High Holborn and it was easy to cast my mind to the scene in Dickens' day. I spent some time at the Old Bailey following a trial... the fluster of characters around the area seemed to be evident'.

This lithograph from 1978 was drawn directly on to a limestone block and was made at Editions Alecto in Kensington printed by a friend... 'stone lithographs are a marvellous medium for draughtsmen, allowing beautiful graphic effects'.

Bleak House was originally published as a twenty page serial from 1852-1853. It was illustrated then by Hablot Knight Browne and in true Dickens style explored the themes of social class, law and justice, passion, madness, obsession and philanthropy.

If you would like to follow the work of Chris Orr MBE RA go to www.chrisorr-ra.com

In the Portsmouth Museums collection there are some fantastic illustrations depicting scenes and characters from Dickens' novels. The one featured here is by Chris Orr MBE RA and is inspired by reading 'Bleak House'. Orr was living in Holborn at the time and remembers seeing a Theatre Group perform the whole book, over two nights with just four actors and four chairs. A self-acclaimed Dickens aficionado, Orr saw an immediate connection with the author's detailed narrative vision and his own story-telling in pictures. 'I walked everyday along High Holborn and it was easy to cast my mind to the scene in Dickens' day. I spent some time at the Old Bailey following a trial... the fluster of characters around the area seemed to be evident'.

This lithograph from 1978 was drawn directly on to a limestone block and was made at Editions Alecto in Kensington printed by a friend... 'stone lithographs are a marvellous medium for draughtsmen, allowing beautiful graphic effects'.

Bleak House was originally published as a twenty page serial from 1852-1853. It was illustrated then by Hablot Knight Browne and in true Dickens style explored the themes of social class, law and justice, passion, madness, obsession and philanthropy.

If you would like to follow the work of Chris Orr MBE RA go to www.chrisorr-ra.com

There are approx.200 character illustrations in the Dickens collections by artists such as George Cruikshank, Frederick ...
05/02/2021

There are approx.200 character illustrations in the Dickens collections by artists such as George Cruikshank, Frederick Barnard and Hablot Knight Browne. Today we have chosen to look at some of Dickens characters as depicted by Kyd, pseudonym for Joseph, Clayton Clarke. These watercolour sketches capture just some of the fabulous and unique personalities as created by Dickens. Featured here is Mrs Gamp and Betsy Trotwood from David Copperfield, and Oliver and The Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist.

We would love to hear from you. Let us know your favourite Dickens novel and or character and we will try and post some illustrations from those stories.

We are pleased to announce that we will now be able to open the Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum for a series of pre-b...
27/08/2020

We are pleased to announce that we will now be able to open the Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum for a series of pre-booked visits. We are offering 1 hour timed slots on 5th, 18th and 19th September and also on 9th, 10th and 11th October. The times available are 10am, 11.15am, 1.30pm. 2.45pm and 4pm. Please note on 5th September there are only afternoon places available.

Normal admission charges apply and the timed slots need to be pre-booked and paid for in advance. These are available only to members of one household or a 'social bubble' with a maximum of 8 people per visit. To book please call: 02392821879 or email [email protected] for further information.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum.

23/07/2020

We are hoping to be able to offer pre-booked tours of Dickens' Birthplace in the near future. If you would like to know more please register your interest by email [email protected]

Today we are marking 116 years since Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum opened to the public as part of our 125 year cele...
22/07/2020

Today we are marking 116 years since Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum opened to the public as part of our 125 year celebrations.

At a meeting on the 22nd June 1904 the Museums sub-committee decided to set the opening date for the 22nd July and asked the curator, Mr Saunders to make the arrangements. Several months had been spent preparing the museum for visitors, including acquiring pictures and objects and cases (which cost £11.00 each).

The occasion was reported extensively in the Portsmouth Evening News for that day; it was also the same day that the foundation stone for the Technical Institute was laid. You can see the full article on the British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000290/19040722/013/0003

Today in Portsmouth, we are celebrating the life of one of our most popular authors Charles Dickens.Every stage of his l...
09/06/2020

Today in Portsmouth, we are celebrating the life of one of our most popular authors Charles Dickens.

Every stage of his life is re-imagined through our fantastic Dickens collection; from his family’s early beginnings in Portsmouth; the formative years as a young author; as a mature respected writer; lecturer and family man living in Doughty Street in London where he wrote Oliver Twist, The Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby; to the established and internationally acclaimed ‘greatest novelist of the Victorian era living at Gads Hill, in Rochester Kent.

One of the most unassuming yet captivating objects in the collection is a green velvet chaise longue. It is now known as ‘the death couch’ and upon which Charles Dickens died on this day in 1870. Dickens at the time of his death was living at Gads Hill Place in Kent with his family. He had been working on Edwin Drood which was to become his final novel.

On the 8th June he suffered a stroke and had been moved to the chaise longue were he remained until he died the following day.

So, how did this object end up in Portsmouth? In 1909, shortly after the Charles Dickens Birthplace became a museum, this piece of furniture and other personal effects were donated by Georgina Howarth, Charles Dickens sister-in-law, to build up the collection.

Today that same collection consists of over 1500 objects, illustrations, photographs, letters and personal effects re-telling the story of a man whose legacy is still strong today.
150 years after his death he remains one of the most well-known and most-read English authors, with his stories consistently adapted for the screen since the invention of cinema. He was the author of fifteen novels, and also wrote short stories, essays and articles on social reform. He created some of the best-known fictional characters of his time such as Oliver Twist, Ebenezer Scrooge and Miss Haversham. In addition to writing he brought his characters to life in his charismatic and exuberant public readings, which gained him international repute. He was admired by many literary peers including William Wordsworth , Leo Tolstoy, Jules Verne and Roald Dahl.

In honour of his life and the current situation we are living through, we have chosen a light-hearted quote from him that is more relevant than ever…

'There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.' Charles Dickens FRSA (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870)

Following Government advice around Coronavirus, which includes minimising social contact to help prevent the spread of t...
18/03/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following Government advice around Coronavirus, which includes minimising social contact to help prevent the spread of the virus, Portsmouth City Council is focusing on ensuring essential services continue to run. Because of this, the Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum will be closed until further notice. Up-to-date information about council services will be available on our website at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/coronavirus

This page gives you the latest information about services affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Today we are celebrating the archaeology collection as part of #PM125.The collection contains thousands of artefacts ran...
25/02/2020

Today we are celebrating the archaeology collection as part of #PM125.

The collection contains thousands of artefacts ranging in date from the Lower Palaeolithic period to the 20th century which have been gathered since 1945.

The majority is made up of archaeological archives produced as a result of research and development lead investigations. As well as finds these also contain paper records such as reports, plans and photographs. Many archives from the late 1960s to the 1980s relate to work carried out by archaeologists at Portsmouth Museum.

There is also material from smaller projects and stray finds donated by professional and amateur archaeologists and members of the public. These include large collections of prehistoric flint tools, part of a hoard of Roman coins from Eastney and a 13th century roof finial found under the backyard of the Dolphin Hotel.

One of the most important archives we hold is for Oyster Street in Old Portsmouth, which contains material dating from the 12th century to the late 19th century. Other significant sites include Saxon cemeteries at Southwick Hill Crossroads and Bevis Grave on Portsdown Hill and Snell's Corner, Horndean. Finds include shield bosses, spearheads, combs, bracelets and beads.

Today we concentrate on collecting material from within the Portsmouth city boundary, but the collection also includes archives and finds from outlying areas. A few examples are Bronze Age hoards from HMS Sultan in Gosport and Gable Head on Hayling Island, Roman tile and pottery kilns at Crookhorn and Rowlands Castle and a Roman villa at Langstone.

Follow Portsmouth Historic Environment Record to find out more about archaeology in the city.

You might wonder what we spend our time doing and probably one of the most time consuming things is collections manageme...
24/02/2020

You might wonder what we spend our time doing and probably one of the most time consuming things is collections management. What's that we hear you say?

Collections management is all the work that needs to be done to develop, care for and document the collection. It also includes how we use the collection, whether for exhibitions, research or workshops and managing this. It is a balancing act between what everyone wants from the collection now and thinking about future generations and how we make sure that these precious objects last so that they can enjoy them.

It really does involve everything from organising the move of something like a landing craft to making sure the database is up to date! #PM125

Today to mark the 125th anniversary of Portsmouth Museums, we are looking at the history of @CumberlandHouseNHM.In 1851 ...
15/02/2020

Today to mark the 125th anniversary of Portsmouth Museums, we are looking at the history of @CumberlandHouseNHM.

In 1851 Jonathan Gain, a paymaster in the army, sold farmland at the site to Richard Murrell, a brewer, who built Cumberland House a few years later. Named after nearby Fort Cumberland, Cumberland House originally consisted of two blocks and a coach house, separated by a courtyard. There was also a stable with hay lofts.

Richard Murrell never lived in the house but leased it to army officers and their families. Richard's son, Richard John, extended the central block of the house and added an east and west wing.

Richard John died in 1884, leaving Cumberland House in trust to his sister Mary Ann Charlotte Gittens and her husband John. Their tenant, John Playfair, died in 1887 and his widow Emily continued to live in the house and later bought the house from Mary Ann and John's son and daughters in 1919.

Following Emily's death in 1928, Cumberland House was auctioned and bought for the city by Alderman Porter.

Between 1929 and 1931, the council converted Cumberland House into a museum and art gallery. The first exhibitions were local art and photography displayed in three of the first-floor rooms. Natural history and ethnography were displayed on the ground floor.

Cumberland House remained open until damage to plasterwork, windows, roofing and rendering during air raids in 1941 and 1944 forced the closure of the museum. Following its re-opening in 1951, displays included local and social history, art and natural history. After the opening of Southsea Castle in 1967, the focus in Cumberland House shifted towards natural history.

In 2017 a new butterfly house was built to replace an older structure. Whilst the building’s purpose and structure have changed and grown over the last 180 years, it remains an ever-popular museum of natural history, providing inspiration and learning to all who visit #PM125

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Everyone is welcome to join us in this new Facebook group dedicated to Dickens' "Bleak House": https://www.facebook.com/groups/2745451362353650/
The Genesis Order of Druids first Annual Charles Dickens Wassail will take place on January 6th combining local history and nature of the area. Starting from the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, join us for Mulled Cider and drumming as we honour the Apple and fruit trees. Starting from the Charles Dickens Birthplace at 2.45pm processing to the Cornwallis Crescent community Orchard where the tree blessing and a short talk about the Orchard and Charles Dickens will take place.
I am a Dickens fan and have learned of a new effort by a Louisiana author that is delightfully in the Dickens style. So descriptive! Wonderful, rich characters and places. I encourage any fan of Dickens to check out The Death (And Sometimes Life) of Barthalamew Buckett on Amazon. You won't be disappointed.