Major Dickens exhibit opens

Culture vultures staying in The Montcalm London Marble Arch Hotel may be interested in a new exhibit of Dickens and London at the Museum of London.

Opening for the first time today (December 9th) and set to close its doors on June 10th 2012, the museum allows people to see rare, original manuscripts from the famous author and poverty campaigner.

Ideally placed for those at hotels in Marble Arch, interested visitors can discover what the capital was like in Victorian times at the exhibit, which marks the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth.

“To celebrate the occasion, the Museum of London presents Dickens in London, the first major exhibition on the influential author since 1970,” explained Visit London.

“Discover what life was like in 19th-century London and learn about Dickens’ difficult childhood experiences, including working in a blacking factory while his father was locked in a debtor’s prison.”

In addition to exploring the social injustice of the time, the exhibit will also celebrate the success and new innovations, such as steam boasts, railways, the electric telegraph and the penny post.

Among the treasures to look out for, people can see original manuscripts of Bleak House and David Copperfield, Dickens’ own writing desk and chair, the only surviving costume of Grimaldi the clown, one of the writer’s blank ledgers, and much more.

Alex Werner, head of history collections at the museum commented: “Dickens is the first author to describe the modern city of the 19th century and its profound impact on society and, in particular, on ordinary people.”

He continued: “London was Dickens’ inspiration. He knew its alleys and streets better than anyone. His writings remain relevant today especially for the rapidly developing mega-cities around the world today, which face many of the problems and challenges that impacted on Victorian London 150 years ago.”

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