Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dickens and London: Oh do go see it!

If you haven't done so already then maybe - if you've got the time- should nip into the Museum of London to catch the Dickens and London Exhibition. It costs only £7 for a ticket and it is money well spent. The layout of the exhibition is just so well done, and the displays are nicely arranged so that there is an easy flow to the viewing whereby if one exhibit gets too much crowding, you could always skip it to come back to it again.

If you're looking to be surprised, then this is not the exhibition for you. This is more like 'Dickens in a nutshell' with no new information (mind you it's so hard to do that with everyone celebrating his 200th birthday this year). It just seems that the BBC have left no stone unturned regarding this topic (but more on that in a later post). Back to the subject at hand, I did enjoy my time there and it was brilliant to see how fascinating and relevant Dickens' work holds to this day. 

I am a Dickens fan, so they could have had a white board with the names of his novels displayed alone in an empty room and I would still have paid to see it. The real star of the exhibition though is London which never loses its sparkle and you will come away feeling all the better for living in this grand old city.

Needless to say I came out with a book purchased from the gift shop: Charles Dickens: A Very Peculiar History by Fiona Macdonald. It is concise and handy with entries summarising his novels. To know more about the exhibition, click here.

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