Published: Friday, 21st December 2018

Members of Rochester Library’s Book Club and schoolchildren were invited to celebrate 175 years since the publication of A Christmas Carol.

Pupils from The Holmesdale School, in Snodland, and Oasis Academy Skinner Street, in Gillingham, were invited to discover more about Charles Dickens and his classic tale at Eastgate House and Rochester Library. 
The children were given a tour of Eastgate House which features in other Dickens novels and discovered more about the author and the Victorian era with Dr Jeremy Clarke from the Guildhall Museum. They also watched a short performance produced by members of the Dickens Fellowship. 
The Book Club members were also treated to the tour of Eastgate House and a talk by Dr Clarke.
Members of staff and the Friends of Medway Libraries were also dressed up as famous characters including Scrooge, Mrs Cratchit and Mr and Mrs Fezziwig. Father Christmas was also present.

Find out more about Medway's interesting past

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Medway has a very strong links with Charles Dickens and I think it is great that we’ve been celebrating 175 years since he wrote A Christmas Carol. Medway is steeped in history and I would encourage residents to find out more about Medway’s interesting past.” 
Don’t miss out on exploring Medway’s rich heritage this festive season. Visit Eastgate House and discover how the Victorians changed Christmas. The exhibition is available until Sunday, 23 December. Children can also listen to Victorian Father Christmas tell a tale about the mice of Eastgate House on Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23 December, from 11am to 4pm. Admissions costs £4 for adults and £2 for children, under-fives go free.
Families can take part in the We Three Kings of the Castle Trail at Rochester Castle until Wednesday, 2 January, from 10am to 4pm for the chance to win a small prize. Last admissions are at 3.15pm and it costs 80p per child, plus admission. Please note the trail will not be running on 24, 25, and 26 December or 1 January.
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