Monthly Archives: February 2012

A Dickensian Celebration

Few can have escaped the fact that this month was the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the great authors of all times, Charles Dickens.

Dramatisations of his works have appeared across the TV network, books have featured in prominent displays in bookstores across London – and the rest of the UK – and new biographies have been released to mark the bicentenary.

Dickens 2012 is an ongoing international celebration of the life and works of the great man and a wide range of organisations have come together to deliver a varied programme of events in his honour.

The Museum of London is hosting Dickens and London until June this year. It recreates the sounds of Dickensian London which inspired his greatest writing with photographs, costumes and other objects on display to capture the Capital as Dickens lived and breathed it. It is also fascinating to see original manuscripts for Bleak House and David Copperfield. A film shows compares for visitors the night time of 21st Century London with that of Victorian times showing what inspired Dickens to write more than 150 years ago.

Walks are also being arranged to commemorate the great man who spent days and nights strolling around his beloved city. Landmarks which inspired his novels or where he worked feature prominently. It is known he had a virtually photographic memory and his endless walking and soaking up of the atmosphere are captured in many of his best known books.

A series of talks are also being held, primarily this month and are recommended for his ever-growing band of followers.

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