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Having a very Dickens Christmas


Charles Dickens lived in 48 Doughty Street for two years

The director of the Charles Dickens Museum, Dr Florian Schweizer, gives BBC London a guided tour of 48 Doughty Street, the London townhouse where Dickens used to live, and which is now a museum dedicated to the author's life and work.

The museum was recently granted a £2m grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration and redevelopment of the 19th century building.

Dickens' festive legacy

In his video, Dr. Schweizer also talks about how Dickens, through his work, continues to shape how people view and celebrate Christmas.

Professor Michael Slater, a Dickens biographer, gives a short reading from A Christmas Carol.

As part of its Christmas celebrations, the museum welcomes visitors on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day for special readings and seasonal events. (Admission fees apply.)

The Charles Dickens Museum

The Museum, which contains more than 10,000 books and manuscripts, opened in 1925 and now hosts the world's most important collection and archive relating to the great Victorian writer.

Personal items, such as the writing desk where Dickens penned works such as Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers have also been preserved.

The redevelopment will double the current exhibition space and create new visitor and education centre spaces.

The Museum is also embarking upon a 'Great Expectation vision' for a year-long programme of events and activities to commemorate the bicentenary of Dickens' birth on 7th February 2012.

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