Charles Dickens’ Birthday

The museum will remain closed on Sunday 7th February so please stay safe and stay at home.

While the coronavirus pandemic prevented us from commemorating the 209th anniversary of Dickens birth in the usual way, we have been working behind the scenes to bring the birthplace into the comfort of your own home.

Now, we’re happy to share our guided virtual tour of the museum – so you can take a glimpse inside Charles Dickens’ very first home, from the comfort of your own.

The birth anniversary is always marked with a sense of community and of an uplifting spirit.

Ian Dickens: “While I can’t be there in person this year – both in my capacity as President of the Dickens Fellowship and also as a great great grandson of Charles Dickens – we will be there in thought, as we mark the 209th birthday. Here’s to normal service being resumed next year!”

Portrait photograph of Ian Dickens

Tim Suffolk, Chairman of the Dickens Fellowship: “Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens, from the Birthplace Branch of the Dickens Fellowship. Thanks and honour to all who, like Allan Woodcourt, Esther Summerson, Mrs Blinder and even little Charley Neckett in Bleak House (Birthplace Branch book of the year), care for the sick and needy, even at risk to their own health in these troubled times. May God bless them, every one.”

We would also love to hear from you. Let us know your favourite Dickens novel and or character on our Facebook page and we will try and post some illustrations from those novels.