Dickens 150

In 2020 we’re celebrating all things Dickens to commemorate 150 years since his death.

From April onwards there’ll be exhibitions, poetry trails and art projects. As well as guided walks, dramatic adaptations and even an open top bus tour. Not to mention the much-loved Dickens Festival that will be held on 13 and 14 June 2020, which is jam-packed full of street theatre, music, dance performances, displays, readings, workshops, roaming characters and parades.

There’s so much to see and do.

Dickens 150
Events and Activities

The Making of Mr Dickens

The Making of Mr Dickens
An exciting new permanent exhibition at the Guildhall Museum will provide visitors with information on Dickens-related sites in and around and displaying personal possessions once owned by the author. 

Opening 11 June 2020. Admission Free.

For a preview on The Making of Mr Dickens exhibition visit the Guildhall Museum.

Rochester's Dickens Festival

Rochester's Dickens Festival
The annual Dickens festival will be taking place on Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 June 2020.

It is a weekend of colourful celebration, enlightening entertainment and Dickensian discovery, as we honour Charles Dickens.

For more information click here.

Explore Medway Open Top Bus

Explore Medway Open top Bus 
Hop on and off the Explore Medway open top bus and learn more about the places associated with Charles Dickens' life and works. 

Tours operate from 10-12 June 2020, departing from Medway Visitor Information Centre on the hour from 11am. For more details click here.

Cost £4.50 adult, £2.50 child/concessions.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Book Club Plus

The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Book Club Plus
From April 2020, monthly reading groups will be taking place across the library services of Medway.

Supported by the Medway Council's heritage services educational team who will lay on activities to enhance the reading experience.

From 2 April onwards. 

The Last Dream of my Soul - Dickens, Death and Drood Exhibition

The Last Dream of my Soul - Dickens, Death and Drood at Rochester Art Gallery
Incorporating an Open Print Call for artists to create a new front cover for 'Drood' or works inspired by Dickens life.

Prints will be exhibited alongside beautiful Victorian funerary treasures, mourning dress and Dickens items loaned from the Guildhall Museum's collection.

From Friday, 10 April to Saturday, 28 June 2020. Admission Free.  

Special Exhibition: Phiz who drew Dickens

Phiz the Huguenot who drew Dickens
Huguenot Museum
A display of drawings and prints by artist Phiz, who worked with Dickens and other authors to bring their stories to life.

Hablot Knight Browne was an English artist and illustrator and a Huguenot descendant. Well-known by his pen name 'Phiz', he illustrated books by Charles Dickens.  For admission times and prices, click here for details.

29 April to 5 September 2020

Dickens Guided Walks

The City of Rochester Society - Special Charles Dickens 2020 Events
To mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death the Society is putting on a wide variety of special guided walking tours and rambles, plus a unique & entertaining musical concert.

From 9 May to 5 September - For further details click here.

Drypoint Etching Workshop

Drypoint Etching at the
Huguenot Museum, Rochester
Create your own prints or be inspired by Phiz's work using the same technology the engravers and printers used in Dickens' time with Heather Haythornwaite.

At this workshop you will be able to consider the importance of these images to the text before having a go at your own drypoint etched prints.

Saturday, 16 May. 10am-4pm. Workshop fee £50. To book click here.

 

Dickens Lecture Series - Lecture One

Dickens Lecture Series: Guildhall Museum 
First in a series of four lectures on Charles Dickens. The lecture will be delivered in the Main Chambers of the Guildhall by Dr. Jeremy Clarke.

It will be last about an hour, with refreshments afterwards. Tickets will be £10 (£8 for friends of the Guildhall Museum).

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Medway Libraries: Penny Prints

Medway Libraries: Penny Prints
Use pennies old and new to create your own souvenir print, and help us to create penny print frames for portraits of characters from Charles Dickens stories.  

A family printing activity suitable for 4-10 year olds. Penny Prints is part of a Medway Print Festival 2020 event.

Saturday 13 June at 10.30-11.45 and 11.15-11.45. 

Childhood Exhibition at Eastgate House

Childhood Exhibition at Eastgate House
A new temporary exhibition capitalising on the houses's connections with Dickens as a Victorian ladies' college.

The exhibition will also highlight the broader themes such as Victorian toys, games and clothing of that period.

Normal admission fees apply, for further details click here.

Exhibition starts from Thursday, 11 June 2020

Flowers for Mr Dickens Workshop

Flowers for Mr Dickens workshop
Guildhall Museum
Make a paper or card flower to form part of our floral tribute to Charles Dickens.

All the blooms and foliage will be brought together to form a wreath (or several!) that will be displayed in the museum during the Dickens Festival weekend. The Guildhall is hosting this free drop-in-workshop aimed at everyone.

Friday 12 June 2020

Empty Chair Poetry Trail

Empty Chair Poetry Trail
Ten local writers will be given a location of significance to Dickens' to produce an inspirational piece of work to create a trail for visitors to enjoy.

Finished pieces of works will be displayed on weather-proof boards at the various locations in and around Medway. The Empty Chair Poetry Trail will be launched at the Dickens Festival in June.

Dickens Lecture Series - Lecture Two

Dickens Lecture Series: Guildhall Museum
Second in a series of four lectures on Charles Dickens. The lecture will be delivered in the Main Chamber by Professor Cathy Waters.

It will last about an hour, with refreshments afterwards. Tickets will be £10 (£8 for Friends of the Guildhall Museum). 

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Dickens Lecture Series - Lecture Three

Dickens Lecture Series: Guildhall Museum
Third in a series of four lectures on Charles Dickens. The lecture will be delivered in the Main Chamber of the Guildhall. 

It will last about an hour, with refreshments afterwards. Tickets will be £10 (£8 for Friends of the Guildhall Museum). 

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Dickens Lecture Series - Lecture Four

Dickens Lecture Series: Guildhall Museum
Final lecture in a series of four lectures on Charles Dickens. The lecture will be delivered in the Main Chamber by Joss Marsh of the Kent Museum of the Moving Image. 

It will last about an hour, with refreshments afterwards. Tickets £10 (£8 for Friends of the Guildhall Museum).

Tuesday, 30 June 2020