Museum of London (London, UK)
Fri, 9th December 2011 - Sun, 10th June 2012
Dickens and London is the UK’s first major exhibition on the author for over 40 years. Recreating the atmosphere of Victorian London through sound and projections, visitors will be taken on a haunting journey to discover the city that inspired his writings. Paintings, photographs, costume and objects illustrate themes that Dickens wove into his works, such as poverty and childhood, while rarely seen manuscripts including 'Bleak House' and 'David Copperfield' – written in the author’s own hand – offer clues to his creative genius. Highlights of the exhibition include an innovative audio-visual experience bringing to life the desk and chair where Dickens wrote some of his greatest works, and a specially commissioned film by one of the UK’s leading documentary film-makers, William Raban, which explores the similarities between London after dark today and the night time city described by Dickens over 150 years ago.