The Dickens Fellowship, founded in 1902, is a worldwide association of people who share an interest in the life and works of Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870). For more information about our organisation visit the organisation page.

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Message from the President

Subscribe to The Dickensian and enjoy free access online to all issues from 1905 onwards.


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 geoffrey.dicks@btinternet.com

Dickens Fellowship Members Recreate Victorian Painting

Dickens FellowshipDickens FellowshipMembers of the Rochester & Chatham, Canterbury and Broadstairs branches of the Dickens Fellowship dressed in Victorian costume to facilitate the filming of an episode of the Sky Arts series ‘Tate Walks’.  They helped to recreate the image of ‘Life at the Seaside: Ramsgate Sands’ by William Powell Frith. Frith was a friend of Dickens and painted his portrait in 1859. The filming took place in July last year and the series will be aired starting on 2nd May 2017 at 21.00.

Booking for the 2017 Fellowship Conference in Carrara Italy will remain open until 31 May

CarraraBookings are being taken for the 2017 Dickens Fellowship conference in Carrara, Italy, which will run over the period 19-24 July. Speakers will include:

  • Professor Francesca Orestano - University of Milan
  • Professor Jenny Hartley – Roehampton University
  • Professor Malcolm Andrews – University of Kent
  • Dr Tony Williams, Dr Jeremy Parrott, Marzia Dati, Lucinda Hawksley and Katherine Hutton

A booking form is appended. Please either complete, print and scan the form to the address given or, alternatively, complete print and post the form to: Dickens Fellowship Carrara Branch, Via Carriona, 41, 54033 Carrara (MS), Italy.


Accommodation and travel need to be booked separately tot he conference itself.  Further details can be obtained from the Branch website: www.dickenscarrara.it

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Centenary of Georgina Hogarth's Death Commemorated

Georgina Hogarth MemorialGeorgina Hogarth MemorialOn 17th April the centenary of the death of Dickens’s devoted and much loved sister-in-law, Georgina Hogarth, was commemorated at her grave in Mortlake Old Cemetery.

Head of the Dickens’ family, Mark Dickens, and Professor Christine Skelton of Birmingham University who is researching a new biography of Georgina, spoke about her life both in the Dickens household and following the death of Dickens. Dr Tony Williams, President of the Dickens Fellowship, laid the wreath.

Very near the grave lies the monument commemorating Charles Dickens Junior and his wife Bessie.

Dickens Day Saturday 14 October - Call For Papers

The annual Dickens Day at Senate House, University of London, will take place on Saturday 14th October.  The theme this year will be: ‘Dickens and Fantasy’.

More information on Dickens Day 
 

Dickens Fellowship Support Conservation of Dickens's Court Suit

Charles Dickens's Court SuitThe crown jewel of the Charles Dickens Museum collection is undoubtedly Dickens’s court suit; described by him as his ‘fancy dress’, this magnificent suit is the only surviving item of his clothing left in the world. Adhering to court dress code, Dickens wore it to a Levée at St James Palace on 16 April 1870, hosted on the Queen’s behalf by Edward, Prince of Wales. The ‘coatee’ style coat is made in dark navy wool with a black silk lining and gilt buttons made by C. Smith and Sons Ltd of Piccadilly. The coat is complemented by trousers of a similar fabric with gold trim, a waist coat and stockings.

With generous support from the Mercers’ Charitable Foundation and the Dickens Fellowship, the Museum are now able to conserve the piece and mount it on a costume mannequin in Dickens’s dressing room, allowing all the details of the suit to be clearly seen. This new presentation will more clearly embody the man who once wore it, giving visitors a unique sense of Dickens’s stature. The suit will be on permanent display in Dickens’s dressing room from April 2017.

Photo and text courtesy of the Charles Dickens Museum.

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.