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Charles Dickens: The Continuing Victorian Narrative

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The Victorian era remains one of the most familiar yet enigmatic eras in history-a time period captured best by none other than Charles Dickens.  Explore the "continuing narrative" by making memorable, meaningful connections to Victorian England through Dickens' stories and characters brought to life through technology, costumes, art, and beautifully detailed vignettes representing London's notable settings and influential people.

First Floor: referencing Dickens' writing as a journalist, the viewer experiences glimpses into Queen Victoria's England through the following six environments:
· Dickens' Publishing Office: Dickens' periodical work including his writings on literature, science, politics, and commentary on social issues.
· The Athenaeum: the privilege and prestige of the 19th-century gentleman aristocrat.
· The Green Room Club: the improved social status of actors and writers and the general rise of the middle class.
· The Withdrawing Room: the upper-class female and the social limitations inherent in her world.
· The Seamstress Room: the working class woman's plight.
· The Scutari Barracks/Pharmacy: the medical conditions and advancements that occurred in the 19th century.
· Each vignette examines and illustrates the era's social structure, political/economic landscape, and intellectual/cultural challenges and achievements with contemporary connections designed to inspire thoughtful reflection.
· In addition to information about period items, Victorian personalities including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Darwin, Caroline Norton, Florence Nightingale and others give first-person, dynamic accounts of their lives and goals through TouchSmart technology.

Second Floor:  focuses on the creative and imaginative world of Dickens as a novelist, by juxtaposing technology and theatrical displays to examine Dickens' fictional writings and characters, the Victorian underworld and crime, philanthropic and empathetic Victorian spirit, individual men who exemplified Dickens' themes, including William Wilberforce and Charles Spurgeon.

For Kids:
Dickens' Children: A Young Perspective on London Live
Children up to age 12 can explore the child's world as compared and contrasted in the protected and educated child of the upper class home and the abandoned or poverty-stricken street urchin of the streets and work house.

Children's Scavenger Hunt
Kids can explore Victorian England and some of its Christmas traditions by searching for objects, people, and Dickens' literary characters.

Features and Collection Objects:
· Objects from the collection of Dawn Corley, The Charleston Silver Lady. Known for her extensive silver collection, Corley has over 5,000 historic objects in her collection-many linked to a low country family or plantation. She is also an expert in fine jewelry and was the assessor and appraiser for the jewelry found in the H.L. Hunley after it was raised from the Charleston harbor.
· Dr. Dennis Pappas, medical doctor from Alabama, loaned dozens of medical objects showing the development of medicine and science from the early to late Victorian period.
· Many objects from the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University are on display including the following: Sir Henry Irving as Richard, Duke of Gloucester by Edwin Long, R.A., 19th Century English coffer, bronze statues, and various furniture
· The exhibition features loans from other collections including:
o The Falconer by Sir Edward Landseer, 1802-1873. From the Philadelphia Museum of Art
o La Confidence by Elizabeth Jane Gardner, 1837-1922. From the Georgia Museum of Art
o 19th Century Table-top Albion Printing Press. From the International Printing Museum, Carson, CA.
o Coat from Winston Churchill, Bob Jones University Costume Room

Christmas is Coming!
A Victorian Touch of Christmas
November 26, 2013-January 12, 2014
Many of the traditions we enjoy today emerged during the Victorian era; so, for your enjoyment of the Charles Dickens exhibition, we've added a "touch of Christmas." Whether you're an adult or child, as you visit the Victorian displays we hope that your spirit will be uplifted and your heart renewed-just as Scrooge's was on that first Christmas morning following his "transformation."

ArtBreak: Dickens' Christmas Stories and Other Victorian Traditions
December 11 at Noon
Spice up your lunch routine and enhance your understanding of the Victorian Christmas celebration over a catered lunch with M&G Director of Education, Donnalynn Hess.
Fees: Non-members - $5 for lecture only; $12 with boxed lunch
Members - lecture is free; $7 with boxed lunch
Register at www.bjumg.org/artbreak <http://www.bjumg.org/artbreak>.

Victorian Christmas Drop-in
December 14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Plan to drop in and enjoy some Victorian treats, Dickens' carolers, and holiday cheer including a special holiday sale in the Gift Shop-all for the entire family!
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