This exhibition features resources from Medway Archives Centre. We have extensive collections relating to the life and works of Charles Dickens.
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Introduction to Dickensland
As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens, this exhibition examines some of the people and places that provided inspiration for his novels and essays.
Charles Dickens was 5 years old when his family moved from Portsmouth to No. 2 (now 11) Ordnance Terrace.
St Mary's Place
By 1821 the family had to move to a cheaper property in St Mary's Place on the Brook.
The Mitre Inn
The Mitre Inn was a favourite place of Charles Dickens and his family.
The ‘Satis House’ in Great Expectations was in fact based upon Restoration House in Rochester.
Charles Dickens visited Rochester Cathedral more often in the last few months of his life.
Great Expectations and the marsh country
Much of the topography of Great Expectations is said to be based on the marsh country.
St Mary’s Church Higham
On 17 July 1860 Charles Dickens’ daughter, Katey, was married at the parish church in Higham.
Charles Dickens had a love for walking and he enjoyed strolls through the Cobham woods.