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Charles Dickens Museum

Visitors will get a chance to begin with a unique Sketches by Boz-themed trail around Grade I listed 48 Doughty Street, now the Charles Dickens Museum, followed by a look at some special, rarely seen treasures from the Museum’s extensive collection.

Prior to embarking on a Dickensian walk, visitors will be treated to a brief talk by leading Dickens scholar, Professor Juliet John, providing insight into the close relationship between walking and creativity in Dickens’s imagination. Author and historian, Lee Jackson, will conclude the evening by guiding visitors in Dickens’s footsteps, encompassing several key locations from Sketches by Boz, before finishing up at one of London’s best-preserved Victorian pubs.

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Sketches by Boz: Step into Dickens's London
Please check the Charles Dickens Museum website to confirm times.
£15.00 - Book online 

Charles Dickens began his literary career with Sketches by Boz (1836). This anthology of Dickens’s first stories, previously published in popular newspapers, remains a fascinating mix of comic tales of social disaster; more serious accounts of crime and poverty; and miscellaneous journalistic reports on shops, public transport and places of entertainment.

The success of Sketches by Boz, along with a commission to write The Pickwick Papers, would encourage Dickens to marry his fiancé Catherine Hogarth and ultimately take the lease of 48 Doughty Street (presently Charles Dickens Museum) in 1837, where the family lived until 1839.

Dickens, writing in Sketches by Boz describes himself as a ‘speculative pedestrian’, restlessly pacing the streets of the capital in search of inspiration. The book is packed full of references to journeys through the great metropolis and descriptions of specific streets and districts.

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In our one off special event marking London History Day 2018, visitors will get a chance to begin with a unique Sketches by Boz-themed trail around Grade I listed 48 Doughty Street, now the Charles Dickens Museum, followed by a look at some special, rarely seen treasures from the Museum’s extensive collection. Prior to embarking on a Dickensian walk, visitors will be treated to a brief talk by leading Dickens scholar, Professor Juliet John, providing insight into the close relationship between walking and creativity in Dickens’s imagination. Author and historian, Lee Jackson, will conclude the evening by guiding visitors in Dickens’s footsteps, encompassing several key locations from Sketches by Boz, before finishing up at one of London’s best-preserved Victorian pubs.

Professor Juliet John is Head of the English Department at Royal Holloway University, author of Dickens and Mass Culture and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture.

Lee Jackson is an author and historian, known for Dirty Old London, and Walking Dickens’ London.

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