The Dickens Fellowship, founded in 1902, is a worldwide association of people who share an interest in the life and works of Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870). For more information about our organisation visit the organisation page.

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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 geoffrey.dicks@btinternet.com

2015 Dickens Fellowship Annual Conference

The 2015 Annual Conference of the Dickens Fellowship will be hosted by the Bristol and Clifton Dickens Society at Wills Hall (pictured) in Stoke Bishop, Bristol, between Thursday 23rd and Tuesday 28th July.  The programme and booking form are now available on the Branch website. The organisers request that a deposit on behalf of all those intending to attend be paid by mid February.

 

Mapping the Dickens Country

Dickens

A Day Symposium on Dickensian Topography

Hosted by The Dickensian, Rochester & Chatham Dickens Fellowship Branch, and Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Saturday 28 March 2015    Guildhall Museum, Rochester
  (The Guildhall is a listed building and we regret that it is not fully accessible for wheelchair users)

What and where is ‘Dickens Country’? How did it come into being?  Is it a real or imaginary geography? You are invited to a day of talks and discussion on Dickensian topography.

Dickens Secondary Schools Prize Launched

The Dickens Fellowship, in  association with the English Association, will again sponsor the Secondary Schools Dickens Competition. Dickens’s journalism will be the focus in 2015. The competition is open to all UK students between 14 and 16, and to students abroad taking GCSE or IGCSE examinations. For further information see the attached guidance note.

Dickens Fellowship Primary School Awards

On 20 January, at the Charles Dickens Museum, pupils from St Anselm's Primary School, in Tooting south London, and Hadrian Academy, in Dunstable celebrated their schools' success in the Charles Dickens Primary Awards, sponsored by the Fellowship.  As part of their award, pupils were treated to a free tour of the museum and a workshop based on Catherine Dickens's cookery book - churning and flavouring butter - and enjoying the results! Nia McIntosh, the Museum's Education and Outreach Officer and three of the Museum's wonderful education volunteers, explained some of the most interesting aspects of Dickens's life while he lived at 48 Doughty Street. As a fitting end to the visit, Eve Bearne of the English Association gave out certificates and Paul Graham, Joint Honorary General Secretary of the Fellowship, awarded the prizes of cash and books.

(left) Some of the prize-winning pupils with Nia McIntosh, the Education Officer at the Charles Dickens Museum, during their tour of the Museum.  Photo courtesy of Eve Bearne of the English Association.

 

(right) Some of the pupils sample the butter they made in the Charles Dickens Museum.  Photo courtesy of Eve Bearne of the English Association.

Broadstairs Branch to support Facelift at local Dickens House Museum

The Dickens House Museum in Broadstairs is to be given a facelift courtesy of the local branch of the Dickens Fellowship. The Chair of the Broadstairs Branch, Peter Shaw, said:

“Our members meet in the house every month and some of them have pointed out that it could do with a little TLC. We are well aware of the difficult pressures put on local councils by the current economic climate so, when Thanet District Council officers spoke to us about the state of the Museum, we were delighted to be able to help. The Fellowship will pay for new carpets and for some areas to be redecorated.”

Thanet Council leader Cllr Iris Johnston told The Isle of Thanet Gazette:

“The Broadstairs Dickens House Museum is an important local tourist attraction and I am delighted that the Dickens Fellowship is continuing its long tradition of supporting us in safeguarding the museum for the benefit of tourists, Dickens scholars and the people of Thanet.”

The Museum is located in Victoria Parade, in a house visited many times by Charles Dickens and which was bequeathed to the town by Dora Tatum. It attracts visitors from all over the world. The Fellowship have already contributed to the renovation of the house and the development and upkeep of The Nuckells Garden which is situated in front of the Museum in Victoria Parade.

The house was immortalised when it appeared in David Copperfield as the home of Betsey Trotwood, who was modelled on Dickens’s friend Mary Pearson Strong who lived there. 

Dickens's Postbox Reinstated

Members of the Rochester and Chatham Branch of the Fellowship in full Victorian costume attended the ceremony at Gad’s Hill Place on 10 December to reinstate the postbox used by Dickens to accommodate his voluminous correspondence.

The ceremony was performed by Marion Dickens, the great, great granddaughter of the novelist. Royal Mail will issue a special commemorative postmark on all mail posted from the box in the lead up to Christmas.

The ceremony can be viewed on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTRadMYbYDU&safety_mode=true&persist_saf...

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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.