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February 2021 Online Events at the Charles Dickens Museum

Although the museum is still closed, the Charles Dickens Museum has a couple of events for Dickens lovers in February. They feature
Happy Birthday Mr Dickens! – a special birthday celebration this Sunday with Miriam Margolyes and Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and Say Cheese! – a family exploration of Dickens’s photographs and portraits.

Photograph by Prudence Upton


This Sunday, 7 February, actress Miriam Margolyes and writer and great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, will celebrate Dickens’s birthday along with the Charles Dickens Museum. The duo will throw a birthday party – via Zoom – looking at Dickens’s novels and letters and discovering how he celebrated his birthday. Miriam will also perform some of her favourite moments from her critically acclaimed show, Dickens’s Women.

Happy Birthday Mr Dickens! takes place on Sunday 7 February at 7pm GMT and is joinable from all over the world. To book, please visit here 

This is a live event. Zoom is required to take part. A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to registrants the day before the event. 

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley is an author, art historian, travel writer, public speaker and great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens.

Oxford born, Miriam Margolyes is a veteran of stage and screen. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence, Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role in Little Dorrit and a Sony Radio Award for Best Actress in 1993 for Oliver Twist. Miriam is also a Dickens enthusiast and long-time patron and supporter of the Charles Dickens Museum.


A new online family session for young people aged between 11 and 14. If you think that our obsession with capturing endless images of ourselves is a modern- day phenomenon then think again! Join the Museum’s Education Team to find out more about Dickens’s preoccupation with
appearance. Investigate the Museum’s portraits and photographs, look closely at some of Dickens’ most visual character descriptions and have a go at making your very own self-portrait.

Sessions run from 11am-12pm from Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February.
Tickets £5 (includes session and art pack).
To book, please visit here
Please note that an adult to be in the room throughout the session and we are not able to take bookings from adults not accompanying a young person. Zoom is required to take part. A link to the Zoom session will be emailed in advance. 

The Charles Dickens Museum is at the Bloomsbury townhouse into which Dickens moved with his young family in 1837. 48 Doughty Street, Dickens’s only surviving London house, is where Dickens wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, completed The Pickwick Papers and began Barnaby Rudge.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Charles Dickens Museum website here

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