It’s based in his former home and the focus today for a celebration of his life. Now, the Charles Dickens Museum has secured funding of £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The funding will support a major redevelopment project to radically change and increase display areas and improve the overall visitor experience at the museum in Doughty Street, London.
The Dickens Museum, based in the writer’s former home in Bloomsbury is where he penned some of his most famous novels. It is now home to an extensive collection of over 10,000 books, first editions, manuscripts and letters.
Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “The Charles Dickens Museum is a real ‘gem’ in the heart of London; a small place that packs a big punch. The £2m investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help radically transform not just the building itself but the way people experience and learn about this internationally-revered literary master. We’re particularly delighted that the museum is so determined to see the work completed by 2012 so enabling it to celebrate Dickens’ bicentenary in true style.”
The project will double the current exhibition space including the additional use of the adjoining house, allowing for the collections to be better displayed, and for state-of-the-art storage facilities to be provided that will protect the most precious items. New visitor and education centre spaces will bring Dickens’ work alive for people of all ages. The architectural fabric of the building will be carefully restored giving easier access and recreating the original atmosphere of Dickens’ home.