[Travel in London] Charles Dickens Museum

Apr 14, 2016 Travel in London
Awesome London City aerial view.

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.  – Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewist

Hello my friends, have you ever been to the Charles Dickens museum or ever read his novels? I spent last weekend visiting the museum and it was amazing and definitely worth it!

Charles Dickens is one of the greatest English novelists from the Victoria era.

Have you ever read his works? There are some well-known ones, such as “Oliver Twist”, “Bleak House”, “A Tale of Two Cities”, “A Christmas Carol”, “David Copperfield”, etc.

Robert William Buss was a Victoria artist, best known for painting “Dickens’s dream”.  This painting is exhibited in the Charles Dickens’s museum. I liked it and I bought a postcard to decorate my room.

Charles Dickens’s museum is on Doughty Street, where he lived. The museum opens Tuesday to Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.

Charles Dickens Museum

Have you seen the BBC series “Dickensian”? It gathers some of the most iconic characters from Dickens’s novels, and the background is 19th century London. In the museum, they have the costumes and the screenplay of the series.

BBC – Dickensian

The shadow on the wall appears on each floor and it looks as if it was saying “Follow me!”, as a personal tour guide. When visiting the museum, you’ll get a handbook with a brief introduction to each room in this house. There are four floors and a basement. You can walk around the building, and see the kitchens, living room, reading room, and even Dickens’s bedroom.

First, you can visit the dining room on the ground floor. I found it interesting because you can imagine Charles Dickens sitting by the table having dinner with his friends. The plates with intricate blue patterns are delicate and pretty.  You can see drawings hanging around the room related to Dickens and his novels.

The staff is there to show you around – they’ll even show you the letters with Dickens’s signature; some of them are replicas and some are the authentic work. You can see the changes in Dickens’s fancy signature over time. This is a copy of Dickens’s signature; you can picture Dickens using his quill pen to sign the first edition of his book.

This is the kitchen in the basement where they prepare and cook food and where they get the water for the whole house.  You can see that they make their own butter and pies as well.

Look, there is a cute hedgehog!

In the early days, they used to feed small animals in the kitchen.  Another interesting fact is that they used black iron bars to heat their rooms.

There is also a scullery, where they did the laundry and boiled the water, and they have a nice wine cellar in the basement.

This is the traditional costume women wore in the Victoria era; most of them wore hats.

This is my favourite room in the house – Dickens’s reading room. It’s one of the biggest rooms in the house with lovely sunshine coming in through the window; you can see his writing desk and reading table.

If you want to find out more about Dickens’s former residence and his life, you can visit the museum. After visiting the museum, I really want to read his novels again.

You might have read Oliver Twist before. This novel reflects the society in the 19th century London, and the gap between the rich and the poor. In some ways, the story transmits that there is no one who is really good or bad. It makes us cherish our life more and be grateful for the things we have.

Another well-known story by Dickens is “A Christmas Carol”, you guys might have read it before; I read it when I was a child.  To put it briefly, the story wants to say that there are things that money can’t buy, people need to be kind-hearted, benevolent and concerned about people around them to be really happy.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. – A Tale of Two Cities

Dickens was good at writing about social phenomena and used a lot of irony in his writing. He described the aspects of the lower classes and how they saw the world.  Moreover, he created world’s best-known characters in his works; it’s easy for us to identify ourselves with his characters.

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its light are stronger in the contrast.

Charles Dickens

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