About Charles Dickens Museum
Everyone knows Charles Dickens. He became the most popular writer of the Victorian period and remains one of the most celebrated writers of all time. He created some of English literature’s most iconic characters and his novels have never been out of print. Dickens is a national figure with an international reputation and fanbase. But Dickens was much more than a literary genius; he was a pioneering investigative journalist, an indefatigable social reform campaigner, an advocate of scientific advancement, an activist who engaged with an incredible breadth of current affairs and issues, an international traveller and commentator, and one of the greatest chroniclers of the Victorian period.
The Charles Dickens Museum is a fully accredited museum and the leading centre for the study, appreciation and enjoyment of the life and work of Charles Dickens. Founded in 1925 and located in the only surviving house in London in which Dickens lived, the Museum holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of material relating to Dickens. With over 100,000 items comprising furniture, personal effects, paintings, prints, photographs, letters, manuscripts, and rare editions, the collection is significant for its breadth and depth.
Dickens’s house at 48 Doughty Street is a place of pilgrimage for people from all over the world – fans, scholars, researchers, writers – and it is a place of learning for thousands of children and young people.
Charles Dickens Museum Registered charity number 212172