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VICTORIAN SPLENDOUR RESTORED

The Charles Dickens Museum offers visitors to his former home the chance to experience the house as Dickens himself might have known it.

Since re-opening in December 2012 following a major investment, the Charles Dickens Museum has welcomed more than 10,000 visitors through its doors.

The 3.1m pound project was funded substantially by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and has established the Charles Dickens Museum as Britain's most accessible literary house museum. The re-development project has given the Museum a once in a lifetime opportunity to conserve and improve the historic building, restoring the Grade-1-listed house to its original early Victorian splendour with the help of heritage specialists and literary scholars. As well as restoring the house at 48 Doughty Street - Dicken's home at the start of his career and the birthplace of classics Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, the restoration project has also seen the Museum expand into the neighbouring 49 Doughty Street. The adjoining building has been converted into a state-of-the-art Visitor and Learning Centre with rooms available for formal and informal learning events, study and reading facilities, IT terminals for access tot eh digitised collecton and databases, and improved storage and office spaces. Working alongside fit-out contractors Beck Interiors, ClickNetherfield supplied a range of display cases and case-fronts especially designed to blend into the original features of the house with subtlety and grace.

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Exhibition fact file

What's Inside

The museum holds over 100,000 items which belonged to Charles Dickens including manuscripts, rare editions, personal items, paintings and other visual sources.

Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum

Date

December 2012

Designer

PLB Projects Ltd

Cases Used

Custom Solutions