Dickens: 'Oliver Twist' and poverty in Victorian Britain

In this session, pupils will explore excerpts from Charles Dickens’s fiction and non-fiction writing, in order to explore poverty in the Victorian era and Dickens’s life and work as a social reformer. 

Manuscript page from 'Oliver Twist'

Fragment of the original manuscript of Oliver Twist, 1837, 
© Charles Dickens Museum

Curriculum Links:


  • GCSE English Language (9-1) Component 2: Section A - Reading: study and analyse selections from a range of non-fiction texts (including literary non-fiction)


  • GCSE English Language (8700), Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives – 19th Century non-fiction

  • GCSE History (8145): Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day – Reform and Reformers


  • GCSE (9–1) History B (Schools History Project) (J411): The People’s Health 1250 to Present

  • GCSE (9-1) English Language (J351), Component 01: Communicating information and ideas – 19th Century non-fiction

Optional Extras

Informative and highly entertaining Dickens walk, exploring London through Dickens’s eyes.
For more information click here.


Onsite – 2 hours. All workshops are integrated into interactive guided tours of the historic house.

Class of up to 30 students, Off-peak £250 (Jan-Oct), Peak £290 (Nov-Dec). Please enquire for smaller groups. 


Booking forms and enquiries should be sent to: education@dickensmuseum.com

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We can accommodate a maximum of 30 students per booking slot. We have the capacity to run two half day sessions onsite each day from 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00-15:00. Please note that for the safety of your group we require a minimum adult-to-student ratio of 1:10 for each onsite booking.

Please be advised that full payment is required in order to confirm your booking. Amendments and cancellations must be made at least 21 days prior to your visit, after which no refund will be available.

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