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Discover Dickens through his work, his home and the things that mattered to him most

Audio: Dickens on Prisons and Solitary Confinement

Following his first visit to America, Dickens published American 'Notes'. Hear in this excerpt his observations on prisons and solitary confinement.

Bentley’s Miscellany

Object in focus: Bentley's Miscellany

Letter from Charles Dickens to Frederick Ouvry

Object in focus: Letter from Charles Dickens to Frederick Ouvry

Nicholas Nickleby Manuscript

Object in focus: Nicholas Nickleby manuscript

Nickleby Illustrations

Object in focus: Nickleby illustrations

Young Explorers: Performing Dickens

Discover Dickens on stage.

Audio: Jo the Crossing Sweeper from 'Bleak House'

Hear Dickens describe in this excerpt from Bleak House the poverty and hardship faced by Jo the crossing sweeper.

Audio: Mr Gradgrind from 'Hard Times'

Hear an excerpt from Hard Times, in which Dickens describes Mr Gradgrind's rigid approach to teaching.
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