Day 6 in London

Greetings from London! 

We would like to acknowledge two birthdays today before we tell you about our day’s adventures. 

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Happy Birthday Leah Woods!  Your mom can’t wait to see you!!  AND

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Happy Birthday to our own Mike!  As you can see, we celebrated both birthdays in Russell Square Park.

We began our day, once again, with a Darwin and Dickens Forum in Russell Square Park.  Drs. Firenze and Saraceno reminded us that both Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens lived only a few blocks from this park at about the same time.   It was exciting to imgine them strolling under the very trees under which we sat!  We discussed what they might have talked about if they happened to meet in the park. 

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After our class meeting everyone enjoyed some free time in the city and then met for our private tour of The Dickens Museum at Charles Dickens’s former residence on nearby Doughty Street.

Dickens and his family lived in this home from 1837 until 1839. It was here that Dickens became a huge celebrity and wrote The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.  Our guide, Andrew, allowed us to view some materials from the museum’s archive, including a personal letter written by Charles Dickens, a check signed by Dickens and an original “monthly number” (installment) of Nicholas Nickleby.  We also learned about some of the significant events that occurred during this period of Dickens’s life, including the unexpected death of his beloved sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth.

We were given an extensive guided tour of the museum and then allowed to wander throughout the house and view many of Dickens’s personal items, paintings and photographs.  This experience – much like our visit to Darwin’s home – made the biographical information we have discussed much more real.

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The Darwin and Dickens group posing outside 48 Doughty Street.

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We listen attentively to Andrew’s narration of Dickens’s early life.

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Pam and Jen explore the Dickens Library.

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Everyone enjoys some time in Dickens’s garden.

After our visit to the museum, we headed for home.  Tomorrow we will meet for our class discussion in the morning and then we will visit The British Library, The Museum of London and experience a walk called “Darkest Victorian London”. 

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~ by Dr. Musa on June 3, 2007.

4 Responses to “Day 6 in London”

  1. ^^ How much longer are you in London? Looks like ur still having a blast, Erica! Hope ur home in time to email me for MY birthday!!! Lurve ya!!

  2. One finally day in Her Majesty’s backyard and you all will be home. Hope you have had a magickal experience!

  3. The pictures are wonderful. It is great to be able to follow you adventures. Stay safe.

    Dr. Murray

  4. this is sean reichhold’s mother. tell him i miss him and love him and i gave his room to his sister jennifer. jack said no more sword purchases. sandy says hi. his mother and father are going to england next. the only place he’ll be going to is endicott to take his grandmother out shopping.

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