A display of Dickens-related objects to mark the anniversary, including an exceptional scale model of his house at 48 Doughty Street in London (now the Dickens House Museum). This comes complete with room settings – including Dickens’ study – in fine detail. It has been loaned by Margaret Watson, a Friend of The Bowes Museum, who has painstakingly put it together over many years, with assistance from a variety of local craftsmen and specialists in miniatures.
The display also features a long case clock made in the 19th century by Thomas Humphreys Clockmakers of Barnard Castle: the shop was visited by Dickens and inspired him to name his new weekly Master Humphrey’s Clock. There are also ledgers from the grim boarding establishments known as the Yorkshire Schools – including Shaw’s Academy at nearby Bowes Village, depicted by Dickens as “Dotheboys Hall”.
A unique oil painting by Phiz of a scene from Nicholas Nickleby has been loaned by a private collector for the display, which opens on 28th January and runs to the end of the year.