Collections Online

Collections Online

Founded by the Dickens Fellowship in 1925, the Charles Dickens Museum holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of material relating to the life and work of Charles Dickens. With over 100,000 items comprising furniture, personal effects, paintings, prints, photographs, letters, manuscripts, and rare editions, the collection is significant for its breadth and depth.

Collections Online is a growing database of our holdings available at

Launched in 2020, each month we are adding new records and images.

You can read more about the history of our collections and our approach to collecting in our Collections Development Policy.


How to use Collections Online

Each object in our Collections Online database has a record, where you can find information including a description, pictures, production date, and information about the objects history. 

You can:

  • Search for object records using keywords
  • Use the Advanced Search function to look for certain kinds of objects or material from a specific date
  • Peruse our different Collections, including Objects, Archives and Manuscripts, and volumes from our Library
  • Browse groups of objects in the Themes section, with topics ranging from ‘Interesting Dickens letters’ to ‘Dickensian memorabilia’.


If you would like to find out more about our collection, if you notice any errors in our records or wish to suggest improvements, please email us at
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