Although he lived in this house for only two years, between 1837 and 1839, Dickens wrote some of his most famous works here, such as "Oliver Twist" and "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" - two books that became popular classics dealing with the lives of the commoners.
Some of the rooms in the house are preserved just as they were at the time of Dickens and are an authentic reflection of what the house looked like while he lived there. Articles, letters, furniture and portraits related to the author can be found in other rooms of the house.
When Charles Dickens moved here in 1837, he was only 25, not yet a successful writer. Every day, from eight in the morning until the afternoon, he would sit in his room studying and writing. His famous desk can be found in the house. During his three fruitful years here, he managed to write his first novel "The Pickwick Papers" and two other novels; "Oliver Twist" and "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby." Here he also began to write the novel "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."
This was the turning point in Dickens' childhood, who at age 12 left his family to work for a living. He worked 10 hours a day in a shoe factory, pasted stickers on jars and did everything he could to make some money. These years are reflected in Dickens' writing: his attitude toward orphans, abandoned children and the poor. Many of Dickens' characters, such as Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, are based on experiences he endured in his childhood. He referred to the long working hours, the harsh labor conditions, the meager wages and the exploitation. Dickens often testified that if he had not become a writer, he would probably have become a criminal.
The kitchen and the dining room were the most important to Dickens and his wife. They would host quite a few parties and evenings together, with friends and people of high status. The Dickens were particularly social and they hosted a great deal.
Throughout the house you can see many paintings and pictures on the walls, caricatures and small sculptures.
Catherine's 17-year-old sister, Mary Hogarth lived in one of the rooms. She passed away, and the loss influenced Dickens and his writing substantially in the years to follow.
The main room of the house was the drawing room. People would come here to drink, eat, dance and play. Dickens loved this room dearly. Guests were especially lucky if he’d read what he had written in his study that day out loud. The copies of what he has written and read in this room are now in this museum.
3.1 million euros has been invested in this house to date. Special events are held throughout the year. The museum offers activities that are suitable for children of all ages.
The museum also runs an exciting program for families. The program reads together excerpts from Dickens' works, and there are also entertaining performances, with actors and temporary exhibitions.