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KQ Virtual Private View: Childhood in Dickensian London

8 06 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

While we have to take a break from our in-person private views, we are working with curators to bring the KQ’s cultural offering to the digital realm! Join us at 2pm on Monday 8 June for an online experience brought to you by the University of London’s Senate House Library.

With 2020 marking the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s death, Senate House Library’s exhibition takes you on a journey through Victorian London from the 1830s until the turn of the 20th century, exploring the role of Dickens in creating a better childhood for us all. Included in the virtual private view are some first edition copies of Dickens’s most-loved novels, examples of his journalism, and some intricate drawings and sketches of Dickens and the characters he created, all of which are from Senate House Library’s collections. These are complemented by some of Dickens’s personal items, on loan from another KQ member, The Charles Dickens Museum in London.

The private view will be talked through by the curator of the exhibition and will be followed by a brief Q&A.

Tickets available through Eventbrite here.

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Our Virtual Events: 

The KQ’s virtual events will take place via Zoom. You do not need to download Zoom software in order to participate – there is a web browser version which works perfectly well. Once you have signed up via Eventbrite you will receive a link by email the day before the event. If you have any questions please get in touch with the KQ events team: Bhav or Jemima.


About Senate House Library:

The books, archives and sketches included in the private view are from the rich and extensive collections held at Senate House Library which cares for more than 2 million books, 50 unique special collections and over 1,600 archives. It is one of the UK’s largest academic libraries for the arts, humanities, and social sciences, holding a wealth of primary source material from the medieval period to the modern age.

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