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In this extract, we hear Dickens’s eldest daughter Mary, affectionately known as Mamie, sharing her memories of Dickens’s studies from several family homes.
In this extract we hear Dickens’s eldest daughter, Mamie, recall her memories of watching Dickens at work in his study channelling his characters.
In this excerpt from 'The Old Curiosity Shop', Dick Swiveller observes the Brasses’s badly treated young servant girl having a meagre meal.
Discover the wash house.
Object in focus: print of Dickens being received by the Edinburgh literati
Object in focus: ‘Dickens the Great Magician’ by Kyd (Joseph Clayton Clarke)
Object in focus: Ivory paper knife owned by Dickens
Object in focus: Manuscript letter from William Powell Frith
Object in focus: Drawing of Dickens by Mr Maskelyne's Automaton ZOE
Listen to this extract to hear Catherine describing their family holiday to her good friend Mrs Felton.
In this excerpt from Dickens’s first novel, The Pickwick Papers, the popular character Sam Weller shares a meal in the servants’ quarters.
In this excerpt from a letter to his mother-in-law, we hear Dickens reflect on the death of Mary Hogarth and the impact that it had on him.
Hear in Dickens’s own words, his recollection of the loneliness and hardship of working as a child.
Hear in this audio track the earliest known letter by Dickens written as a 13-year-old schoolboy in 1825.
In this audio excerpt, hear Dickens’s beautifully atmospheric depiction of a gin palace from Sketches by Boz.
In this excerpt, Dickens describes a visit to the newly founded Hospital for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street.