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Key stages: Key stage 1, Key stage 2
For: Primary
Mr Dickens regales his audience

Mr Dickens regales his audience

A class meets Mr Dickens - and learns about his life and times from the man himself!

Session description

Charles Dickens describes the plots of some of his most famous novels, and discusses how his child characters illustrate the tough lives of many Victorian working children. He'll even share his own childhood experiences of working in a blacking factory.

This interactive session takes place in the atmospheric streets of the Victorian Walk, in the People's City gallery.

Short extracts from Dickens's novels are used to discuss how to write good descriptions and develop characters and plot.


 Free (but cancellation charges apply)

Group size:

 35, 3 groups per day

Session duration:

 45 minute session plus 60 minute self-directed visit to the Expanding City and People’s City galleries

How to book this session

This session is currently available at the following times:

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To book, please call the Box Office on 020 7001 9844. If you have difficulty using the telephone, please visit the museum accessibility page for assistance.

Please be aware that you are booking a timetabled package that includes set times for your session, self-directed gallery time, and lunch tables for your group.

Help with visit costs

Are you a London school? You might be eligible for money to cover transport and visit costs! Find out more on the Culture Mile School Visits Fund website (external link, opens in a new tab).

Additional handy information

Curriculum links

  • KS1 History: Significant individuals
  • KS2 History: beyond 1066 (Victorians)
  • KS2 English: appreciate our rich and varied heritage

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