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Meet the celebrated author in our immersive Victorian Walk! This session can be adapted for KS1.
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)
35, 3 groups per day
This session is currently available at the following times:
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).
For visiting the museum:
Download Victorian gallery activity sheets (Word 301kb)
For the classroom:
Download 'What was life like for children in Victorian London?' Pocket History (PDF 331kb)
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