Charles Dickens' home awarded lottery funding
22nd November 2010
A former home of Victorian author Charles Dickens has been awarded GBP 2 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury, London, has been granted the funding to double its current exhibition space and create new visitor and education areas.
In addition, the building's storage facilities will be improved to ensure that the most precious items in its collection are protected, while the 'architectural fabric' of the museum will be restored to make it closer to that known by Dickens.
Dame Jenny Abramsky, chair of the HLF, commented: 'The Charles Dickens Museum is a real gem in the heart of London; a small place that packs a big punch.'
The museum currently holds more than 10,000 books, first editions, manuscripts and letters by Dickens. The author wrote some of his most famous novels while he was living in the house.
Earlier this month, the Victoria and Albert Museum launched a fundraising campaign to save the handwritten manuscripts of Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.