With a new film, The Man Who Invented Christmas due to open in December, the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury celebrates one of Dickens most loved stories.
The museum presents a special exhibition entitled A Ghost of an Idea: unwrapping A Christmas Carol which will draw on the Museum’s unrivalled collections of original Dickens material to examine the issues and circumstances – social, political and personal – that inspired Dickens to write A Christmas Carol.
The exhibition explores the some of the inspiration behind the story and exhibits include earliest hand-tinted etchings by John Leech for the first edition of A Christmas Carol in 1843, first editions of the story, playbills and presentation copies given by Dickens to his friends.
Whilst Charles Dickens did not ‘invent’ Christmas, he was incredibly influential in the way the festival was seen and promoted. A Christmas Carol in particular has been endlessly been reproduced in many types of media up to the present day. The Museum includes original costumes from the new film throughout the house, as well as examples of its set and costume designs, props and other production material.
Over the Christmas period, The Charles Dickens Museum is fully dressed with traditional decorations for the festive season and many rooms have been given a special festive touch.
There will be a series of special Christmas events, including candlelit visits, tours of the house and performances of A Christmas Carol and each of Dickens’s Christmas Books.
A trip to the Charles Dickens Museum is fascinating at any time, but if you visit over the Christmas period it provides added bonus with a unique insight into a Victorian Christmas. For most of us, Dickens and Christmas is intrinsically linked and the exhibition explains how this connection was made and why it has continued to be so strong over 150 years later.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
For more information or to book tickets, visit the Charles Dickens Museum website here
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