As soon as i got the live brief i researched into Charles Dickens:

Who is charles Dickens?

“English literature. He was the quintessential Victorian author. His epic stories, vivid characters and exhaustive depiction of contemporary life are unforgettable.

His own story is one of rags to riches. He was born in Portsmouth on 7 February 1812, to John and Elizabeth Dickens. The good fortune of being sent to school at the age of nine was short-lived because his father, inspiration for the character of Mr Micawber in ‘David Copperfield’, was imprisoned for bad debt. The entire family, apart from Charles, were sent to Marshalsea along with their patriarch. Charles was sent to work in Warren’s blacking factory and endured appalling conditions as well as loneliness and despair. After three years he was returned to school, but the experience was never forgotten and became fictionalised in two of his better-known novels ‘David Copperfield’ and ‘Great Expectations’.

Like many others, he began his literary career as a journalist. His own father became a reporter and Charles began with the journals ‘The Mirror of Parliament’ and ‘The True Sun’. Then in 1833 he became parliamentary journalist for The Morning Chronicle. With new contacts in the press he was able to publish a series of sketches under the pseudonym ‘Boz’. In April 1836, he married Catherine Hogarth, daughter of George Hogarth who edited ‘Sketches by Boz’. Within the same month came the publication of the highly successful ‘Pickwick Papers’, and from that point on there was no looking back for Dickens.

As well as a huge list of novels he published autobiography, edited weekly periodicals including ‘Household Words’ and ‘All Year Round’, wrote travel books and administered charitable organisations. He was also a theatre enthusiast, wrote plays and performed before Queen Victoria in 1851. His energy was inexhaustible and he spent much time abroad – for example lecturing against slavery in the United States and touring Italy with companions Augustus Egg and Wilkie Collins, a contemporary writer who inspired Dickens’ final unfinished novel ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’.

He was estranged from his wife in 1858 after the birth of their ten children, but maintained relations with his mistress, the actress Ellen Ternan. He died of a stroke in 1870. He is buried at Westminster Abbey.”

The Dickens House?
I then knew that i had to research into the dickens house and what it is about:

“This lovely old House has been adapted as a museum to commemorate Charles Dickens long standing love of Broadstairs.

It was once the home of Miss Mary Peason Strong on whom Dickens based much of the character of Miss Betsey Trotwood, David Copperfield’s great aunt, in his novel of the same name.

Dickens came to know Mary Pearson Strong, and her cottage with its small gravelled square of garden full of flowers, on his second visit to Broadstairs in 1839.

He watched her chase away the donkey-boys who drove their animals over her green in front of the cottage.

Dickens put the lady and the cottage in Dover in the novel to save his friend any embarrassment.

The cottage was named Dickens House before the end of the 19th century.

It was bought by the Tattam family in 1919.  When Dora died in 1952 she devised the house and some of its contents to the town to be opened as a Dickens Museum. This was done in 1973.

Visiting the museum

Coming into Dickens House Museum the visitor may well feel the calm atmosphere of the house, for great care has been taken to retain its character, especially on the ground floor.

While making obvious adaptations on the first floor.

The right hand side of the building is thought to be Tudor and the other side Carolean.  The whole  joined together and re-fronted in the late Georgian period. with the later addition of a balcony.

The museum has many unique exhibits, prints, furniture, china and costume.

Exhibits change and there are often items on loan from other museums”.

 

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