Highgate Cemetery, a Grade I-listed Victorian cemetery in North London, has just started running special Dickens Tours in honour of the bicentenary. The tours take place every Saturday at 16.30 and last about an hour and a quarter, taking in all of the cemetery’s Dickens graves (parents, siblings, wife and daughter) as well as a number of other famous Victorians who played important parts in Dickens’s life. It takes in areas of the cemetery not visited on regular tours and aims to provide a picture of Dickens, his connections to Highgate, and the history of the cemetery itself. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £8 for students, paying (in cash) on the day, but spaces should be booked in advance by calling the cemetery on 020 8340 1834.
At the moment tours are running on a trial basis subject to public demand so it would be great to have some enthusiastic Victorianists along! You should be able to book any Saturday throughout the summer but certainly through April, May and perhaps June. More info can be found on the cemetery website, http://www.highgate-cemetery.org, or contact Jessica Hindes (PhD student in English, Royal Holloway, University of London): firstname.lastname@example.org