Charles Dickens was one of the most influential writers of his time and his work still inspires academics today. During his career, the writer spent a number of years living in London and his house now serves as a museum in his memory.
If you’re a fan of Charles Dickens, the Park Grand London Paddington is one of the best hotels in Paddington thanks to its close location to the museum. Students, writers and readers will not want to miss out on a chance to see some of these incredible exhibits.
Expectations of the Past
If you’re an art fan, this exhibit is perfect for you. It features a selection of work from the renowned artist, Louise Weir. As you browse the collection, you’ll find drawings and paintings that were inspired by the characters and events in the famous Dickens novel, Great Expectations. The beautiful abstract artwork from Weir is displayed in conjunction with original writings and poems from Charles Dickens. This exhibit is a beautiful mixture of two different creative mediums.
Dickens the Campaigner
Charles Dickens will forever be remembered as one of the best storytellers and writers in history but not many people know that he was also an avid journalist and social activist. During the height of his career, he made it his mission to inspire change and push for political reform that would improve the lives of impoverished people in the 19th century. This exhibit highlights Dickens’ many campaigns and the positive work he did throughout his career.
A Christmas Carol Reimagined
A Christmas Carol is one of Charles Dickens’ most famous novels and has taken many different forms throughout history in film, theatre and television. The latest addition to the collection of inspired creations is this wonderful selection of artwork from the country’s best illustration students. Browse the paintings and drawings and see an alternative imagining of the famous novel.
Signs from Dickens’ London
During his time in London, Charles Dickens found inspiration from all corners of the city. The bustling streets and beautiful Victorian architecture played a big part in his creative process. This exhibit looks at how the hand-crafted shop and street signs around London impacted his writing and helped him envision his stories before putting pen to paper. The exhibit includes photographs, illustrations and a series of writings and journal entries from Dickens that describe his many strolls through the city.
When you take a trip to the Charles Dickens Museum, you’ll be stepping into an interactive time capsule in which you’ll have the opportunity to browse a huge range of authentic memorabilia. Explore the former residence of Charles Dickens and discover treasures on every floor of the house. The museum holds over 10,000 items including things like signed cheques, pens, books and much more. Be sure to set an afternoon aside and spend it exploring the incredible terrace house on Doughty Street.