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The Fitzgerald Collection of Dickensiana

Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.

Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald's collection of works by and about Charles Dickens is held at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre. 

Fitzgerald established himself as an authority on Dickens, his biographer and a collector of Dickens related memorabilia. A colleague and associate of Charles Dickens, he acquired every possible item relating to Dickens and in 1914 published his Memoirs of Charles Dickens.

He was the first president of the Dickens Fellowship and in 1912, undoubtedly celebrating the centenary of Dickens' birth, he donated his collection of Dickens' memorabilia, consisting of more than 400 items to the Eastgate House Museum in Rochester. Objects from the collection, including pictures and a paper weight are now held at The Guildhall Museum in Rochester.

For more books and information on Charles Dickens and his work, check our catalogue or visit the centre

The Fitzgerald Collection includes:


  • "Item" indicates a bound volume
  • letters, autographs, photographs etc may be reproductions, facsimiles or newspaper cuttings