Dickens Museum

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After the British Library, I had decided that I’d go and visit Dickens’s house. At least one of his houses, which has been turned into a museum.
It’s on Doughty street, and now, I know that it’s not far at all from the British Museum or from the British Library for that matter. But when I left the BL, it took me forever to finally find Doughty Street. I’ve probably already confessed that I can’t read a map, so I have to rely on people’s kindness, knowledge of the neighbourhood, and their ability to explain.
I can tell you that they made me walk one way and another till I was ready to give up 😉

Then, did this sign appear!

Doughty Street

Doesn’t it look like Dickens put it up there himself?

I had read about Dickens Museum at Autolycus, and found that he had been quite accurate!

Dickens Museum façade

It’s quite an interesting place, full of memorabilia, furniture from his times

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the sitting-room

and in the basement, they show a short film about Dickens’s life and times.

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The basement walls are covered with books by Dickens

I got in, bought my ticket and as I was starting my visit, this grandfather clock, which was here at the time of Dickens started to chime

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starting to go back in time

I encourage you to find this museum which is, as the person who sold me the ticket put it, tucked in, as I said that I had found it hard to locate!

Do have a look at the Dickens Museum site. You get an interesting virtual visit of the house!

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8 thoughts on “Dickens Museum

  1. @ Autolycus, I asked if photos were allowed and she said they were. But you got a photo of that bench with the ball at the BL, that I didn’t have the nerve to take because there was this huge man sitting on it! 😉

    @ kenju, you have mentioned the photos not showing problem several times, I wonder if it has to do with flickr. Have you tried to click the photos? That might help…

  2. Couldn’t comment on this post until I had seen everything. I learned English reading Dickens, and watching some of his books on Masterpiece Theatre. I had married a British who couldn’t speak French. I just knew enough of his language to say: I do. A friend told me about Dickens. I struggled through him until his melodrama became quite gripping.

    I read Autolycus’ post on Dickens with great enjoyment. Yours, with your beautiful photos, and the virtual tour of his house, even deepened my admiration for the writer. I can’t believe that I saw his wine cellar, his wash house, his library,his sitting room, his piano, his writing desk…I’m exhilarated! I will visit often. Merci du fond du coeur!

  3. We’ve been to the Dickens House, Marc and I, and happily did our duty to the spirit of that turbulent ninteenth-century genius! Thanks for recalling those staid surroundings so far from Miss Havisham and Mr. Copperfield.

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