More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City
30 June 2021 - 17 October 2021
More! Dickens, Oliver Twist and Stories of the City is a celebration of Charles Dickens the storyteller, and his most popular tale Oliver Twist.
Step back in time to 48, Doughty Street, the home of the ambitious young writer: Charles Dickens. Observe him in the early stages of his career, as he struggles to meet deadlines, balancing his busy home and work life, while wrestling with disagreements with his publisher as he brings the story of little Oliver to life.
The tale of Oliver Twist, the parish boy, continues to captivate audiences of all ages to this day. It makes us laugh, it makes us cry but it also makes us think more seriously about the world around us. Oliver Twist was a radical story: it condemned the way in which poor people were often ignored by the wealthy and powerful. It was written almost 200 years ago, yet it is still seen as an incredibly relevant story in the twenty first century.
Through a wonderful selection of letters and illustrations, postcards and photos – including a provocative artwork by artist Cold War Steve, we want to look at the inspirations behind this incredible tale, what is it about Oliver Twist which keeps us entertained after such a long time?
Oliver Twist was written here in Bloomsbury, and so much of the story and characters were inspired by what Dickens observed around him. We’re recognising this connection with our neighbors and are featuring local stories inspired by Dickens’s style and tips! With Oliver Twist themed games and a variety of exhibition events upcoming, More! Will delve deeper than ever before into the world of Oliver Twist.
Special exhibition is included in museum admission tickets so get booking here for the duration of the exhibition (30th June - 17th October).
The exhibition is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.