This half-term the Charles Dickens Museum is inviting families into Dickens’s London townhouse for a new programme of bespoke family tours designed to unlock the history, atmosphere and stories contained within each room of Dickens’s home. Throughout October half-term, expert Museum guides will create tours of 48 Doughty Street (Dickens’s only surviving London house) especially for the people in each group. Children will also welcomed in for self-portrait art workshops, inspired by the Museum’s new exhibition, Technicolour Dickens.
In addition, virtual events include a tour of the Museum with a viewing of objects not normally on display and a special event on Dickens’s third daughter, Katey, led by writer, historian and Dickens’s great-great-great-granddaughter, Lucinda Hawksley.
Dining Room, Credit, Newangle Copyright, Charles Dickens Museum
Interactive Family Tours
For children aged between 5-11 and their families, the Museum is offering a new Interactive Family Tour. Each tour, for a maximum of six people, is designed specifically for your family group, and lets you explore Charles Dickens’s home with your own dedicated guide. Please note that children must be accompanied by at least one adult, and all members of the group must come from the same household or support bubble. Tickets must be booked in advance.
Dates: Tours are available on 26 Oct, 30 Oct and 1 Nov. Price: £60 per family ticket.
My Technicoloured Self
Are you aged 13-16? Are you interested in how the highs and lows of our mental health can affect our creativity? Would you enjoy having a go at creating a self-portrait to hang in the house of one of the most famous authors of all time? All art abilities are welcome, from absolute beginner to pro!
Dates: 27th– 29th Oct. Places available through application only.
Guided Virtual Tour of the Charles Dickens Museum
Join curator Louisa Price on a virtual, guided tour of 48 Doughty Street, the home of the great Victorian novelist, journalist, speechwriter and public reader, Charles Dickens. Join us as we explore the five floors of this Bloomsbury townhouse. We will visit the ground and first floor public rooms that reveal Charles and Catherine Dickens’s busy social life, and peek into the book-lined study where Dickens worked on the classics, Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby. In the basement’s bustling kitchen and wash house we will hear stories of the household’s servants and further up in the bedrooms we will learn about Dickens’s personal life and a tragedy that befell the family during their time here. Finally in the attic, secrets will be disclosed that were only revealed after the writer’s death in 1870. The Museum holds the world’s most comprehensive collection relating to Dickens and as part of this tour, Louisa will also show several treasures not usually on display. This is a live event and you can ask questions throughout the tour via a chat window as well as in a Q&A session at the end. Zoom is required to take part in this tour and discussion. A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to registrants the day before the session.
Date: Thursday 22nd October at 6pm and Tuesday 27th October at 3.30pm.
Tickets: £8 per person/ device. Duration: Approx. 60 minutes
Drawing Room – Credit, Siobhan Doran Photography Copyright, Charles Dickens Museum
Dickens’s Artistic Daughter – Katey
Join author, historian and Dickens descendant Lucinda Hawksley for a special virtual talk on Katey Dickens as we mark her birthday. On 29 October 1839, Catherine Dickens gave birth to her third child, a daughter they named Katey, who was born at 48 Doughty Street (now the Charles Dickens Museum). Katey Dickens grew up to become a famous artist – that is, famous in her own day, but almost entirely forgotten in the 21st century. Join us on what would have been her birthday to discover the intriguing story of Charles and Catherine Dickens’s artistic daughter.
This is a live event and you can ask questions throughout the tour via a chat window as well as in a Q&A session at the end. Zoom is required to take part in this tour and discussion. A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to registrants the day before the session.
Date: Thursday 29th October at 6pm. Tickets: £8 per person/ device
Duration: Approx. 60 minutes
For more information or to book tickets, visit the Charles Dickens Museum website here
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