Friday, December 07, 2012

After a 4.8 million dollar makeover, London's Charles Dickens Museum reopens

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People walk past Charles Dickens' home, left, part of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. AP Photo/Sang Tan. 

By: Jill Lawless, Associated Press

LONDON (AP).- Charles Dickens' London home has gone from "Bleak House" to "Great Expectations." For years, the four-story brick row house where the author lived with his young family was a dusty and slightly neglected museum, a mecca for Dickens scholars but overlooked by most visitors to London. Now, after a 3 million pound ($4.8 million) makeover, it has been restored to bring the writer's world to life. The house reopens next week, and its director says it aims to look "as if Dickens had just stepped out." "The Dickens Museum felt for many years a bit like Miss Havisham, covered in dust," said museum director Florian Schweizer, who slips references to Dickens' work seamlessly into his speech. Miss Havisham is the reclusive character central to the plot of "Great Expectations." Now, after a revamp ... More

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