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Message from the President

Subscribe to The Dickensian and enjoy free access online to all issues from 1905 onwards.

The Dickensian's back issues, from 1905 onwards, are available electronically, and word-searchable, through ProQuest publishers. Individual subscribers to The Dickensian are given complimentary access to these online resources, for personal use only, by application to Geoff Dicks

The Spirit of Scrooge Stalks London Today

The Big Issue, the weekly magazine sold by and on behalf of the homeless, features a familiar face on the cover of its current issue.  Ebenezer Scrooge, bearing a striking resemblance to the late Alistair Sim, adorns the cover.  Inside there is an article featuring an interview with the Curator of the Charles Dickens Museum, Louisa Price, and a map to London sites featured in A Christmas Carol.

In his 1860 Uncommercial Traveller essay – Night Walks – Dickens wrote of his: “experience of houselessness. My principal object being to get through the night, the pursuit of it brought me into sympathetic relations with people who have no other object every night in the year.”  

London Fog for Christmas

London Fog

Many congratulations to Dr Christine L. Corton, one of the founders of the very successful Cambridge Branch of the Dickens Fellowship and recently elevated to the position of President of that Branch, not only for the recent publication of her book: London Fog The Biography (Harvard), but also for its high ranking inclusion in the Daily Telegraph’s list of 100 best books for Christmas.  A wonderful book in which Dickens, of course, features prominently, and with an entire chapter dedicated to ‘Dickensian Gloom’. The full list can be found by consulting: Fog features at no. 24.

Christine is to be one of the speakers at the 2016 annual conference of the Dickens Fellowship in Aberdeen, 20-25 July. Further details of the conference and a booking form will appear on this website shortly.

Listen to Christine talking about her book to Robert Elms about seventeen minutes in to his BBC Radio London programme via this link:

Restoration of Mary Hogarth's Grave Celebrated

Mary Hogarth Grave

On Saturday 13 June members of the Dickens Fellowship and Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery gathered at the site of Mary Hogarth’s grave to celebrate the Fellowship’s restoration of her monument. 
Current President of the Fellowship Professor Jenny Hartley and immediate past President Mark Dickens are pictured with the restored headstone, which bears the epitaph composed by Dickens for his sister-in-law.  The other picture is of the monument prior to work commencing. Both pictures courtesy of Signe Hoffos. Many thanks are extended to all involved in achieving this restoration after one hundred and sixty eight years. 
Mary Hogarth Grave

The inscription recording the restoration of the monument by the Dickens Fellowship courtesy of Signe Hoffos

Dickens desk and chair purchased by The Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street has announced the purchase of the desk and chair that was owned and used by Dickens during his time living in Gad’s Hill Place.  They are those featured in the famous painting by Luke Fildes of ‘The Empty Chair’ (below).

The purchase was facilitated by the National Heritage Memorial Fund who donated £784,000 towards the acquisition and conservation costs. Further contributions came from the Robert Gavron Charitable Trust and the Dickens Fellowship, which was pleased to donate £10,000 to enable the purchase to be completed. A press release by the NHMF is attached.

The donation by the Dickens Fellowship is in accordance with one of the principal aims of the Fellowship: “to assist in the preservation and purchase of buildings and objects associated with (Dickens’s) name or mentioned in his works.’ No objects can be more iconic for any writer than the desk at which they worked or the chair on which they sat to do so.
Charles Dickens Chair and Desk


This Web Site is dedicated to the late Martha Rosso  (1922 - 2003)

A member of the Philadelphia Branch for over 35 years, Martha Rosso (née Pamplin) was one of the Fellowship's most dynamic and best loved figures. She contributed unstintingly to its business right to the very end of her life. Click here to read more about Martha Rosso.