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Dickens and London Exhibition Guide

Dickens and London Exhibition Guide

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Plan your visit to our new exhibition Dickens and London which is now open and runs until 10 June 2012.
Plan your visit to our new exhibition Dickens and London which is now open and runs until 10 June 2012.

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The Houseless Shadow
– a film by William Raban
Inspired by one of Dickens’s finest essays, ‘Night Walks’, first published in 1860, this filmportrays London at night and explores the rhythms, sounds and shadows of today’s city.‘Not being a creature of the night myself, I was challenged by the task of retracing thegreat man’s footsteps, setting off after midnight and returning “in the small hours” toobserve and capture London districts and their insomniac communities. The first taskwas to become invisible so that I could film without people becoming affronted by thecamera. I carried the equipment in a large supermarket bag, pulling the tripod behind mestrapped to a luggage trolley. I blended with the other houseless people of the nightand soon they became my friends. Filmed over five months, when luck was on my side,I returned with good shots; at other times, I came back with nothing – such arethe fortunes of street cinematography.’
William Raban, October 2011
Dickens’s Victorian London 
book
Over 200 archive photographs – most of which have neverbeen published before – illustrate this mesmerising guide toVictorian London as seen through the eyes of Charles Dickens.The book is available from the Museum shop or at
www.museumoflondonshop.co.uk
£25 RRP, available for the special price of £20during the exhibition run.
Dickens: Dark London app
The Museum of London has launched a new iPhone and iPad app which takesusers on a journey through the darker side of Dickens’s London. Beautifully imaginedby illustrator David Foldvari, this graphic novel follows Dickens on his night walks of London. Actor Mark Strong gives voice to Dickens as passages from his works provide vividdescriptions of the Victorian capital. Bonus material featuring illustrated excerpts of some of Dickens’s most famous novels also bring the 19th century city to life.Drawn from a selection of his short stories, Dickens: Dark London will be published monthlythroughout the exhibition. The first edition is available now free of charge from iTunes.Each subsequent edition will be available to download for £1.49.
Dickens and London 
prints
Prints of a selection of photographs, featured inthe exhibition and the accompanying publication
Dickens’s Victorian London
, can be purchasedfrom our print-on-demand touch screen in theshop foyer and from
www.museumoflondonprints.com
Dickens’s Legacy
Today, 200 years after his birth, Charles Dickens is acknowledged asthe first, and arguably greatest, modern urban novelist. His writingsform a giant atlas of the life of the metropolis. Dickens and Londonare indelibly bound together.Dickens tracks a changing society in an industrial age. Many aspects of hiswork are profoundly unsettling, especially his insistent descriptions of theterrible living conditions of the poor, whose sufferings were largely ignored.Dickens’s ultimate aim was to reform and improve society. He attackedfinancial fraud, Government incompetence, ‘red tape’ (a term that heinvented) and inadequate education. Sadly, inequalities and poverty stillexist in London, still blighting lives. Dickens’s words still challenge us today:
‘I saw that not one miserable wretch breathed out his poisoned lifein the deepest cellar of the most neglected town, but, from the surroundingatmosphere, some particles of his infection were borne away, chargedwith heavy retribution on the general guilt.’
From ‘A December Vision’,
HouseholdWords 
, 1850
‘Day after day, such travellers crept past, but always,as she thought, in one direction—always towardsthe town. Swallowed up in one phase or other of itsimmensity, towards which they seemed impelled bya desperate fascination, they never returned.Food for the hospitals, the churchyards, the prisons,the river, fever, madness, vice, and death,—theypassed on to the monster, roaring in the distance,and were lost.’
Dombey andSon
, Chapter 33
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