London home of Charles Dickens open after renovation
LONDON (REUTERS) - The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Dec 10, after an eight-month, 3.1 million-pound (S$6 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary.
Dickens lived at 48 Doughty Street in central London with his family between 1837 and 1839. There, in his mid-20s, he wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, novels that made him a rising literary star.
The four-storey brick row house was restored to its early Victorian splendour to feel less like a museum and more atmospheric, museum director Florian Schweizer told Reuters.
"We wanted to recreate it like a home, so visitors could feel like they're actually visiting Charles Dickens and that he might step back in at any time," Mr Schweizer said.