The museum holds over 100,000 items including manuscripts, rare editions, personal items, paintings and other visual sources.
Beautiful Books: Dickens and the Business of Christmas
Beautiful Books: Dickens and the Business of Christmas

This exhibition is a celebration of beautiful books and print technology in the nineteenth century. It explores a Victorian publishing phenomenon and shows how Dickens shaped and coloured Christmas in ways that we still recognise today.

20th November - 14th April 2020

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Global Dickens: For Every Nation Upon Earth
Global Dickens: For Every Nation Upon Earth

This exhibition presents a global picture of Dickens, exploring the impact of his travels on his life and his writing, and examining how Dickens has gone on to shape the lives of people around the globe.

14th May - 3rd November 2019 

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Food Glorious Food: Dinner with Dickens
Food Glorious Food: Dinner with Dickens

This exhibition explores the pivotal role of food in the author’s life and novels and give new insights into the experience of dining with Dickens.

28th November 2018 – 22nd April 2019

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Charles Dickens: Man of Science
Charles Dickens: Man of Science

This exhibition investigates and reveals Dickens’s deep and influential interest in medicine, chemistry, geology, the energy of the Earth and the ability of science to drive change, cure disease, clean the city, clear the atmosphere and inspire the imagination.

24th May - 11th November 2018

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Expectations of the Past
Expectations of the Past

This exhibition of new and recent work by artist Louise Weir, takes visitors on an investigative journey of memory, identity and loss informed by Charles Dickens’s classic novel, Great Expectations.

13th March - 29th April 2018

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Ghost of an Idea: Unwrapping 'A Christmas Carol'
Ghost of an Idea: Unwrapping 'A Christmas Carol'

This exhibition explores a the inspiration behind Dickens’s novella, A Christmas Carol, one of his best known and best loved works. 

29th November 2017– 25th February 2018

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Restless Shadow: Dickens the Campaigner
Restless Shadow: Dickens the Campaigner

This exhibition explores a largely unknown and under-rated body of Dickens’s work that speaks plainly to social justice with energy and relevance.

9th May – 5th November 2017

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The Ladybird Life of Dickens: an illustrated adventure
The Ladybird Life of Dickens: an illustrated adventure

A special display of original illustrations by John Kenney for the 1965 Ladybird life of Dickens

30th November 2016 - 23rd April 2017

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The Other Dickens: Discovering Catherine Dickens
The Other Dickens: Discovering Catherine Dickens

This exhibition aimed to debunk a series of myths surrounding the life of Catherine Dickens.

3rd May – 20th November 2016

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Dickensian: Behind the scenes of the BBC drama series
Dickensian: Behind the scenes of the BBC drama series

 Exhibition in conjunction with the BBC television series Dickensian in partnership with Red Planet Pictures!

19th January – 17th April 2016

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A Christmas Carol Reimagined
A Christmas Carol Reimagined

Special exhibition exploring the themes of perhaps Dickens’s most enduring piece of work.

1st December 2015 – 6th January 2016

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What Shall We Have For Dinner
What Shall We Have For Dinner

On the Friday 22nd August 2014, the museum opened its first community-led exhibition, entitled What Shall We have For Dinner’.

August - November 2014

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