200th Anniversary of Dickens' birth

Celebrating Dickens in Southwark

Southwark Cathedral are proud to announce that award-winning biographer Claire Tomalin, author of ‘Charles Dickens: A Life’ will be speaking at the Cathedral as part of their celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of Dickens' birth on Tuesday 7 February.

The programme for the day includes:

A selection of Charles Dickens’ letters and other artefacts will be on display (loaned by kind permission of Lord Harris of Peckham)

During the afternoon: Bells Ring Out:
The Ancient Society of College Youths and Southwark Cathedral’s Bellringers are ringing a full peal to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth.  
In his journals, Charles Dickens recorded visits he made to the Ancient Society of College Youths in the bell tower of what was then St Saviour’s church, now Southwark Cathedral.

2.30pm Guided Walk: Dickensian Southwark and visit to St George the Martyr Church, Borough High Street – with Cathedral Guides(s).
Please note that the Guided walk is now fully booked.
5.30pm  Choral Evensong to mark the Bi-centenary of Charles
Dickens with Readings  

6.15pm  Talk by: award-winning biographer Claire Tomalin, author of ‘Charles Dickens: A Life’ published by Viking
Claire says: “Writing Charles Dickens’ biography was like writing five biographies”. Much loved for his novels, which turned a critical eye on Victorian England, Dickens was also a prodigious journalist, Court reporter, traveller, editor, theatrical impresario, walker, philanthropist and philanderer.  Drinks reception to follow talk.

For further details: Rose Harding 020 7367 6704 or