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Dickens’ House in Town

By Linda Tancs

“My house in town” is how Charles Dickens referred to 48 Doughty Street, the London home that bore witness to some of the writer’s seminal occasions, like the birth of his two eldest daughters and the writing of such best-loved works as Oliver Twist. Now the Charles Dickens Museum, his only remaining home in London houses the world’s finest and most comprehensive collection of material relating to one of the world’s greatest storytellers, with over 100,000 items including furniture, personal effects, paintings, prints, photographs, letters, manuscripts and rare editions. Christmas at the Museum is a particularly festive highlight. Bedecked with holly and ivy, what better place to experience the rich traditions of a Dickensian Christmas than in the home of the author of A Christmas Carol!

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A Dickens of a Celebration

By Linda Tancs

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Britain’s beloved author Charles Dickens.  To mark the event, a wreath laying ceremony will take place in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, at 11 a.m.  Dickens is buried in the South Transept of the Abbey.  The ceremony will include readings from his novels and his other writings by actor and director Ralph Fiennes, author Claire Tomalin and two of Dickens’ descendants.  Events will take place throughout the year.  Don’t miss the re-opening of the Charles Dickens Museum, based at his only surviving London home.  The Museum of London is also hosting an exhibition, complete with the desk and chair where Dickens wrote some of his greatest works.  The best of times await you.

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