Today we mark the death of Charles Dickens
On this day in 1870, great Victorian novelist and social campaigner Charles Dickens died. A celebrity even in his day, the nation mourned at news of his death and he was buried amid great ceremony in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey.
Today marks not only the 145th anniversary of Dickens’s death, but also the 150th anniversary of the tragic Staplehurst rail crash in which Dickens was involved.
This extremely rare original photograph of the crash scene was anonymously donated to the Museum just a week before our grand re-opening in December 2012. It now hangs in the Mary Hogarth room, where his young sister-in-law passed away aged just seventeen.