Dear Mr Dickens

When Charles Dickens wrote Oliver Twist, it was hailed as a masterpiece and is still read and loved by people across the world today. However, not everyone has felt that way. Join the Learning Team at the Charles Dickens Museum to find out more about anti-Jewish racism in Dickens’ novel, how one Victorian woman stood up against this and how she changed the way that Dickens wrote.

This online session takes students on an interactive tour around Dickens’ house from the comfort of their own classroom. Your class will find out more about the story of Oliver Twist, investigate the social themes Dickens was keen to raise awareness of and discover how popular the novel was with its contemporary public. Through reading Nancy Churnin’s recently published children’s story Dear Mr Dickens, they will then go on to examine why some people, both then and now, have found the use of negative stereotypes in the novel so problematic.

The online session price includes a resource pack for use back in the classroom featuring a reading of the ‘Dear Mr Dickens’ story by Miriam Margolyes, a lesson which further explores the idea of discrimination in the world today, as well as structured letter writing activities for students to complete themselves. In addition, there is guidance for a class-led assembly, for which costumes are available to borrow (UK only).

The author of Dear Mr Dickens, Nancy Churnin, will be running a series of complementary Q&A virtual sessions for participating classes to join through the Museum. Please sign-up when booking onto the workshop.

Current available dates: 

17th June at 2pm




Online (including all downloadable materials and a place on an author Q&A)

75mins, one class, £95 (please note this fee includes VAT and international payment charges)  


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