BroadStairs Museum

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The site of the Dickens House Museum in Broadstairs was once the home of Miss Mary Pearson Strong. Charles Dickens used Strong as the basis for much of the character of Miss Betsey Trotwood in the much-loved book David Copperfield. This building has been transformed into a museum to celebrate the novelist's association with the conurbation of Broadstairs.

The parlour is furnished as detailed by Dickens and illustrated by H. K. Browne. Some of the writer’s personal letters and memorabilia are on show here. Around the house there are intriguing old prints of local and Dickensian interest as well as clothes and items of Victorian interest.

The museum is on the sea front at Broadstairs in Kent.

On entering the Dickens House Museum, the tourist may well feel the mood of the house. Great thought was put into retaining the house’s character, particularly on the lower floor and on the stairs. More obvious adaptations for the museum were made on the first floor. The right-hand side of the house, considered to be Tudor, was once a small cottage which faced towards Dumpton. The archway in the hall was the gate to the cottage and the winding stairs beyond. The left-hand side is judged to be from the Caroline era (James II - Queen Anne). The whole was joined and re-fronted at the end of the Georgian era with the early Victorian balcony annexed later on.

Beginning in the first room you will discover memorabilia that once belonged to Charles Dickens, and the pictures shown there are of his time. The beautiful dark wooden sideboard, sold by Charles Dickens in the mid nineteenth-century to a solicitor, was bought by the Tattam family in 1919, and left to the town, as was the fine collection of prints by H.K. Browne (Phiz), one of Charles Dickens principal illustrators.

The rooms on the first floor have an exhibit of costumes and Victoriana as well as literature on 'Our English Watering Place'. It was in the mid nineteenth century that Charles Dickens wrote this interesting record of the town and its residents. This was to be one of his last long visits to Broadstairs, Kent.

 

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