On Tuesday 20 November, History West Midlands will be celebrating the start of the Christmas festivities with an evening dedicated to the deep bond between Charles Dickens and Birmingham, praised by him as ‘the great working town’ and ‘the great ingenious town’. This close connection began in 1834 when he was a young reporter and on one of his last visits in 1869, Dickens declared that “I bear an old love towards Birmingham”.
Professor Carl Chinn will talk in detail about how Dickens depicted Birmingham in his novels, his relationship with the town, his support for the Birmingham and Midland Institute, his theatrical appearances, and his celebrated readings from ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Town Hall in December 1853.
Mince pies and mulled wine will be served from 1830 hours, complemented by the background vocals of our enchanting Victorian Carol Singers.
Guest speaker: Professor Carl Chinn
Venue: Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street B1 2NP Birmingham
Date: Tues 20 Nov 2018
Mulled wine and mince pies at 1830 hours and event starts at 1900 hours
History West Midlands books will be available to purchase throughout the evening.