Victorian Studies Centre marks 50th anniversary with convivial evening celebrating the works of Charles Dickens

The University of Leicester’s Victorian Studies Centre is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a convivial Dickensian evening on 22 November, which will see an international team of academics speak on the life and works of author Charles Dickens.

Regarded by many as the definitive novelist of the Victorian era, Dickens’s works include classics tales Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Our Mutual Friend.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will also include a public reading from Our Mutual Friend, showing the style in which Dickens’s readings from his work captured the Victorian imagination. It will begin at 5.15 pm in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre.

Those with an interest in the Victorian era are also encouraged to visit the official opening of ‘The Victorian Studies Centre at 50’ exhibition, which will take place at 4pm on the lower ground floor of the David Wilson Library.

Professor Gowan Dawson, Director of the Victorian Studies Centre from the University of Leicester School of Arts, said: “Charles Dickens’s sense of the importance of community and sharp eye for injustice are as relevant now as they were in the Victorian age. A celebration of his life and work is the perfect way to mark the 50th anniversary of Leicester’s Victorian Studies Centre. ‘Celebrating Dickens’ will be an evening full of conviviality, learning and laughter.”