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Message from the President

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The Dickensian's back issues, from 1905 onwards, are available electronically, and word-searchable, through ProQuest publishers. Individual subscribers to The Dickensian are given complimentary access to these online resources, for personal use only, by application to Geoff Dicks

New Director Appointed at the Charles Dickens Museum

It has been announced that Dr Cindy Sughrue OBE has been appointed to be the Director of the Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street in succession to Rob Moye. Most recently Dr Sughrue has been Chief Executive and Executive Producer with Scottish Ballet.  The Dickens Fellowship wish Dr Sughrue well and hope that she has a long and successful term as Director of the Museum Read the full Press Release.

Lots of Dickens in Sunny California

The Monteray Peninsula Dickens Fellowship meets regularly in the seaside town of Pacific Grove. Honoray Secretary Beth Penney also edits the newsletter for the group and has kindly provided us with a sample of The Mutual Friend for your reading pleasure. Included is a report on the Dickens Universe 2015 event as well as articles about recent lectures and planned activities. Take a moment to read some excellent reporting on the events at Dickens Universe 2015 in the attached newsletter.


New President of the Dickens Fellowship Elected

At the AGM of the Fellowship at Bristol on Saturday 25th July, Dr Tony Williams was elected President in succession to Professor Jenny Hartley. Many thanks are extended to Jenny for her sterling service as President over the past two years.

Dr Williams is well known to members as a former Joint Honorary General Secretary and regular lecturer on Dickens and his works.  Tony is currently Associate Editor of The Dickensian and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Humanities at the University of Buckingham.  Tony’s book – The Representation of London in Regency and Victorian Drama - was published in 2000. A lecture Tony gave at Gresham College on the subject of Crime in Dickens’s London can be accessed via the link below.

Dickens Day: Dickens, Readers and Reading

Saturday 10th October 2015

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, London

Reading is a powerful thing in Dickens’s novels. David Copperfield says of his childhood that ‘reading was my only and my constant comfort’. He goes on, ‘when I think of it the picture always rises in my mind, of a summer evening, the boys at play in the churchyard, and I sitting on my bed, reading as if for life’. If the lonely and unhappy David finds reading life-saving, Oliver Twist experiences its deathly associations. He is so disturbed by reading the Newgate Calendar that its pages seem to turn red with gore and he hears its words sounding in his ears.

Restoration of Mary Hogarth's Grave Celebrated

Mary Hogarth Grave

On Saturday 13 June members of the Dickens Fellowship and Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery gathered at the site of Mary Hogarth’s grave to celebrate the Fellowship’s restoration of her monument. 
Current President of the Fellowship Professor Jenny Hartley and immediate past President Mark Dickens are pictured with the restored headstone, which bears the epitaph composed by Dickens for his sister-in-law.  The other picture is of the monument prior to work commencing. Both pictures courtesy of Signe Hoffos. Many thanks are extended to all involved in achieving this restoration after one hundred and sixty eight years. 
Mary Hogarth Grave

The inscription recording the restoration of the monument by the Dickens Fellowship courtesy of Signe Hoffos

Dickens desk and chair purchased by The Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street has announced the purchase of the desk and chair that was owned and used by Dickens during his time living in Gad’s Hill Place.  They are those featured in the famous painting by Luke Fildes of ‘The Empty Chair’ (below).

The purchase was facilitated by the National Heritage Memorial Fund who donated £784,000 towards the acquisition and conservation costs. Further contributions came from the Robert Gavron Charitable Trust and the Dickens Fellowship, which was pleased to donate £10,000 to enable the purchase to be completed. A press release by the NHMF is attached.

The donation by the Dickens Fellowship is in accordance with one of the principal aims of the Fellowship: “to assist in the preservation and purchase of buildings and objects associated with (Dickens’s) name or mentioned in his works.’ No objects can be more iconic for any writer than the desk at which they worked or the chair on which they sat to do so.
Charles Dickens Chair and Desk


This Web Site is dedicated to the late Martha Rosso  (1922 - 2003)

A member of the Philadelphia Branch for over 35 years, Martha Rosso (née Pamplin) was one of the Fellowship's most dynamic and best loved figures. She contributed unstintingly to its business right to the very end of her life. Click here to read more about Martha Rosso.