Using sounds and projections, the Charles Dickens Exhibition at the Museum of London recreates the atmosphere of Victorian London that inspired the novelist's whimsical writing. Paintings, photographs, costume and objects illustrate the themes that Dickens used. Visitors can view some of his manuscripts including Bleak House and David Copperfield written in the author's own hand.
Charles Dickens (1812-70) wrote about the great social questions of the 19th century including wealth and poverty, prostitution, childhood mortality and philanthropy. These are examined in the exhibition and an audio-visual experience brings to life the desk and chair where Dickens worked on his novels.
A specially commissioned film by William Raban, one of the UK's leading documentary film-makers, explores the similarities between London after dark today and the nighttime city described by Dickens over 150 years ago.
The Museum of London is open daily 10am-6pm, admission free. The Dickens exhibition will run until 6 June 2012, admission adults £8 (£7 advance booking), children and concessions £6 (£5), family tickets £18-£36, depending on numbers.
Museum of London, London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
Tel: +44 20 7001 9844
Websites: www.museumoflondon.org.uk/ dickens www.dickens2012.org
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Posted by Anne Gordon on Wednesday, 8th February, 2012