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Darkest London: Dickens and his Contemporaries

This Victorian London seems a city of darkness, oppression, of crime and squalor and reduced humanity - but was this truly the case?

Posted: 2 December 2011

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Darkest London: Dickens and his Contemporaries

Victorian London seems a city of darkness, oppression, of crime and squalor and reduced humanity – but was this truly the case?

Dr Sebastian Groes, Senior Lecturer for the Department of English and Creative Writing at Roehampton and author of The Making of London, will be participating in a public event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. The event, Darkest London: Dickens and his Contemporaries, will be held at the Museum of London on 25 April and is the first major UK exhibition for over 40 years. It will include a debate with renowned author and London psychogeographer Iain Sinclair, as he considers the capital's depiction in the literature of Charles Dickens and his contemporaries.


Recreating the atmosphere of Victorian London through sound and projections, you'll be taken on a haunting journey to discover the city that inspired his writings. You can find out more information by visiting the Museum of London, where you will also find a special App for the event: Dickens Dark London which you can download from December 9th.

Praised in the Guardian recently, Groes “has written a work of impressive insight and erudition. From the Thatcher era through the New Labour years, writers were united by a desire to resist and reverse the increasing fragmentation of the metropolis”.

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