Dickens exhibition & celebrations

2012 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Dickens and a year of international celebrations are underway.

A Dickens themed exhibition opens on the 21 September at the de Beer Gallery, Special Collections, University of Otago. Entitled 'Celebrating Charles Dickens, 1812-1870: A Man of His Age', the exhibition runs until 13 December.

Ref: AWNS-19140702-53-3, Sir George Grey Special Collections
First and second edition works will be on display, including images by artists who collaborated closely with Dickens. Themes from the reign of Queen Victoria have also included in the exhibition in order to contextualise Dickens' life and works. Themes include: the City of London; the Poor and Dispossessed; Punch; the Great Exhibition; and the Crimean War.

Ref: 7-C1942, Sir George Grey Special Collections
At Auckland Libraries there is a wide variety of Dickens related heritage materials including: a letter about Dickens, who was a popular topic at the time (GL B71.1 (Grey Letters), a scrapbook (MS 269), Dickens' papers (MS 77-97) and books about and by Dickens.


  1. 'Playing Miss Havisham' will be performed in Devonport on 25 November. For more information, please copy & paste the link into your browser:



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