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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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 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. More details are available at the conference website.

 

The Charles Dickens Primary Award 2016 Launched

The Dickens Fellowship are again delighted to sponsor the Charles Dickens Primary Award in association with the English Association.

The award is open to regular classes and after school clubs at Foundation stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in primary schools in the UK.

For further information please see the attached link.

http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/english-association/prizes/primary-dickens

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

Summer Events from the Charles Dickens Museum

Please remember to use your 10% discount code if you are a friend of the Museum!

Doctor Marigold’s Prescriptions

Fresh from last year’s success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, performer Ian Pearce brings this heart-warming and colourful Dickens tale to life in Doctor Marigold’s breathless sales patter!

Doctor Marigold, named after the doctor who delivered him, is a “cheap-jack” who hawks sundries from a travelling cart he inhabits with his wife and his daughter Sophy.

The story follows the rise and fall of his fortunes, his adoption of a mute circus girl, love, loss and hope, delivering on all of the wonderful twists and turns we have come to expect of a Dickens classic.

Sat 11 Jul
Performances at 14:00 and 17:00
Tickets: £15

Dickensian Walks

Explore the streets and alleyways where many of Dickens greatest novels unfolded. As you move through the streets of Victorian London, you’ll be following in the footsteps of some of literature’s most memorable and enduring characters!

These fantastic costumed walks provide a unique opportunity to examine the life of Dickens through visiting places that shaped his life – from humble beginnings to his legacy as one of Britain’s greatest literary figures.

Walk leader Richard Jones is author of the definitive guide book Walking Dickensian London. A qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guide, Richard has been giving tours of Dickens’s London since 1982 and is known for both his entertaining delivery and his encyclopaedic knowledge of Dickens.

Using excerpts from Dickens’s novels, insights from those who knew Dickens personally and his own expert knowledge, Richard aims to bring Dickens’s London to life for those who join him on his walks!

Every Wednesday in May, June and July
11:30 and 17:00
£10 per person
Walks take approximately an hour and a half, starting at the Charles Dickens Museum and ending near Holborn Circus.
 

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

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.

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.