A City Observed at Charles Dickens Museum

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Take a fascinating trip back in time to Charles Dickens' London through the humble signpost, in A City Observed at the Charles Dickens Museum.

One of the most influential figures of 19th-century London, Dickens' many great works vividly depict life in the capital at the time. Here, discover how an unlikely piece of street furniture – the humble handcrafted signpost – played such an influential part in both his life and his work.

Dickens frequently walked the streets late at night, often covering around 15 miles, and it is the small details found on these antiquated public signs he would have passed that helped form the smaller details in some of his great works.

Explore the many colourful and inspiring drawings that were found on signposts at the time and discover how they were significant in the grubby, rowdy streets during Dickens' lifetime.

Highlights from the collection include the Dog and Pot Inn sign, one that the young Dickens would have witnessed regularly as he travelled to work at the Blacking Factory.

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The Charles Dickens Museum

48 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LX

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The Charles Dickens Museum

48 Doughty Street
+44 (0)20 7405 2127
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Turn right out of the station and then follow the signs.

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