Visit to the ‘Dickens in London’ Exhibition at 10.45 am
followed by a visit to The Bank of England at 2 pm
Wednesday 18th April 2012
This is the first major UK exhibition for over 40 years and celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens
Recreating the atmosphere of Victorian London through sound and projections, we were taken on a haunting journey to discover the city that inspired his writings.
Paintings, photographs, costume and objects illustrated themes that Dickens wove into his works, while rarely seen manuscripts including Bleak House and David Copperfield – written in the author’s own hand – offered clues to his creative genius.
During our visit we discoverd how Dickens' childhood experiences of London, working in a blacking factory while his father was locked away in a debtor's prison, were introduced into the stories he wrote. The great social questions of the 19th century, including wealth and poverty, prostitution, childhood mortality and philanthropy, will also be examined, all of which set the scene for Dickens' greatest works.
Highlights of the exhibition included an innovative audio-visual experience bringing to life the desk and chair where Dickens worked on his novels, and a specially commissioned film by one of the UK’s leading documentary filmmakers, William Raban, which will explore the similarities between London after dark today and the night time city described by Dickens over 150 years ago.
We went to the Bank of England Museum for an hour long presentation showing the history of the bank . We then spent time looking around the excellent Museum.