Collections from the Fascinating World of Charles Dickens

The London home of Charles Dickens, now a museum, holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of material relating to Dickens’s life and work. With more than 100,000 items comprising furniture, personal effects, paintings, prints, photographs, letters, manuscripts, and rare editions, the collection of the Charles Dickens Museum is significant for its breadth and depth.

Collections Online is a growing database of holdings at the museum. Each object in the Collections Online database has a record, where students can find information, including a description, pictures, production date, and information about the object’s history. Each month new records and images are added.

Students can “Search” object records using keywords, or they can use the “Advanced Search” function to look for certain kinds of objects or material from a specific date. They can peruse the different Collections, including “Object,” “Archives & Manuscripts,” and volumes from the museum’s “Library,” and they can browse groups of objects in the Themes section, with topics ranging from “Interesting Dickens letters” to “Dickensian memorabilia.”

The museum’s website also hosts a variety of free educational resources, including A Millennial’s Guide to Reading Dickens (if you’re struggling) and free downloadable content for teachers to use in the classroom—from lesson plans to PowerPoints, worksheets, and videos for elementary school-aged children.

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