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Virtual Open Day: The MA by Research in Charles Dickens Studies
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This micro-site is dedicated to showcasing the work of staff and students on the MA by Research in Charles Dickens Studies, run by the University of Buckingham in partnership with the Charles Dickens Museum, London.

PLEASE NOTE: The site is based on an Open Evening we ran on 4 June 2020, from 3pm to 6pm (UK time), but you can still access all posts and videos below. Do please share your comments and views, and we’ll happily respond. And if you would like to know any more about the MA specifically, please use the contact page in the top-right corner and we will be in touch with you via email!

Open Day Events

Professor John Drew introduces Dickens Journals Online.

Please click here to see the John’s presentation. Launched in 2012 to mark the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth, Dickens Journals Online (www.djo.org.uk)  has had an enormous impact on how we research Dickens’ editing and journalistic career, providing full and open access to his journals Household Words and All the Year Round.  Professor Drew will talk us through the site and what it offers. There will be a short video tutorial at 3, followed by time for Q&A on the blog and on twitter.

Louisa Price, Curator of the Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum in London has an unparalleled collection of Dickensiana. Its curator, Louisa Price, will be showing us items of intrigue and interest from the archives in three ten minute videos, with a ten minute space in between each video for Q&A and discussion on the blog and twitter. Click below after 3.30 to see the posts.

Inside the Dickens Museum No 1 – The Portrait of Catherine Dickens

Inside the Dickens Museum No 2 – The First Pickwick Club

Inside the Dickens Museum No 3 – A Scandalous Playbill!

Students’ work

Alumni of the MA have prepared short blog posts discussing their research which will be released on the blog at 4.30 for you to see the kind of work that is being done. They will also be online to answer your questions about their research. Click below to see the posts:

David Stockman, ‘The Dickens MA: A Student’s Experience’

Kyle Truman, ‘The Evolution of A Christmas Carol on Page and Stage’

Deborah Siddoway, ‘Rings, Chains and Bars: Dickens, marriage and separation

Warren Weiss, ‘Dickens’s finances’

Dr Pete Orford introduces The Drood Inquiry

Please click here to see the full post.

2020 marks 150 years since Dickens’ death, which left his final work The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished. In the last century and a half there have been hundreds of theories and solutions offered for how this last story might have ended. The Drood Inquiry (www.droodinquiry.com) offers a guiding hand through the many investigations that have been held, and encourages newcomers to offer their own ideas on how Dickens’ final novel should end. Dr Orford will be offering a quick tour through the site to show how it can be used. There will be a short video tutorial at 5, followed by time for Q&A on the blog and on twitter.

The Dickens MA by Research – How it works and Q&A

You can find out more about the Dickens MA here. Staff are on hand throughout the year to answer questions about the MA and the topics raised in previous sessions.

About the Dickens MA

The MA is a research programme run by course directors Professor John Drew and Dr Pete Orford. You will be supervised through one-to-one sessions to provide regular feedback and support as you pursue a research topic of YOUR choice on the life and works of Charles Dickens. You will also be able to attend seminars at our London base where you’ll hear from guest speakers on a wide range of Dickensian topics! Find out more about the course here.

The Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum in London, based at the author’s residence in 48 Doughty Street where he wrote The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twists and Nicholas Nickleby. It holds an unrivalled archive of Dickensian treasures which you can research! Find out more about the museum including its newly available online collection, and see how you can help the Museum by contributing to its Covid-19 appeal, by visiting their website here.

About the open evening

The Virtual Open Day includes a variety of recorded talks, blogs and q&a with our course directors, staff at the Museum, and students. Topics covered will include Dickens’ journals, his last novel, archival discoveries, Dickens and divorce and even his finances! All videos and blogs will be linked to this site, so you can visit here on Thursday to join in. If you’d like to know more, you can register your interest or ask questions here.