The Charles Dickens Museum has been closed for refurbishment for quite a while but is now up and running again.
Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine lived here at 48 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, central London (not that far from the British Museum) from 1837 to 1839. This is where he wrote Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist, two of their children were born here and this is where the tragic death of his 17 year old sister-in-law, Mary, occurred. This is a wonderful museum in so many ways, it's small, friendly, full of atmosphere, you're allowed to wander about the house on your own, there are many authentic pieces from Dickens' life on display up close and personal and there is very good cake. Get there soon before the crowds rush in...
|V old blue plaque, the museum opened in the 1920s|
|Charles Dickens' pathway|
|Charles Dickens' doorstep (good to see it's unrefurbished)|
|Charles Dickens' letterbox|
|Charles Dickens' door knocker|
After hanging about outside for some time, waiting for my friend and opening time, finally got inside...
|First things first, a perfect café|
|Charles Dickens' writing desk & chair! No ringfencing, no touching is the deal...|
|Cutting & pasting, Charles Dickens style|
|Sculpture from Charles Dickens' death mask... long neck...|
|Charles Dickens' writing block! (His routine was mornings, every morning...)|
|Some interesting adjuncts on Dickens' concern for the poor & dispossessed|
|A nearby mews, first time I've seen original stable doors still in place...|
|Mews front door|
|Ungentrified gents & ladies|
|So rare to see such ungentry in Central London|