Crime & Punishment: Exploring Victorian justice through Dickens’s eyes

In this engaging session, pupils look at a variety of archival resources and ephemera from our collection at Doughty Street to build up a picture of justice, crime and punishment in Victorian Britain through the eyes of man committed to social justice and reform. 

Prison bar, Nursery

Grille from the Marshalsea Prison, ca.1800, DH374
© Charles Dickens Museum

Curriculum Links:


  • GCSE History (9-1): Crime and Punishment through Time; GCSE (9-1) History B (Schools History); Social Reform, English – Reading


  • 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): Crime and Punishment, c.1250 to present

Optional Extras

Informative and highly entertaining Dickens walk with expert Richard Jones; 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.

  • Up to 10 students, Off-peak £100 (Jan-Oct), Peak £125 (Nov-Dec)

  • Up to 20 students, Off-peak £150 (Jan-Oct), Peak £185 (Nov-Dec)

  • Up to 30 students, Off-peak £200 (Jan-Oct), Peak £250 (Nov-Dec)


Booking forms and enquiries should be sent to:

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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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