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Explore Dickens' philanthropy at the Foundling Museum for things to do in London

Published: Friday 15th of June 2012

The Foundling Museum offers a unique perspective on the history of the English capital for people looking for things to do in London.

Currently showing at the fascinating museum is the Dickens and the Foundling exhibition, which explores the relationship between the Oliver Twist author and the Foundling Hospital.

Six contributors, including journalist Jon Snow and actress Gillian Anderson, have selected objects from the Charles Dickens Museum to be displayed in the Foundling Museum.

These selections showcase Dickens' famous philanthropy, his relationship to the Foundling Hospital and his continuing social relevance.

The writer holds a special place in the museum's heart, having lived next to the Foundling Hospital estate in 48 Doughty Street, which is now the Charles Dickens Museum.

He supported the hospital both financially and through his writing: he rented a pew in the hospital's Chapel and mentioned it in several stories and novels.

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Posted by Georgina Black

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