February 7, 2012 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, whose works have transcended the years and are still being enjoyed today; a TV adaption of Great Expectations was recently shown on the BBC.

To celebrate the occasion, there are a number of events taking place, most notably in Kent and in his birth town of Portsmouth. The Dickens Birthplace Museum, located at the modest house in which he was born, will have free admission on February 7 with a range of activities and celebrations in the street.

A Tale of One City, a free Dickens’ exhibition running from January 28 to November 4 at the Portsmouth City Museum will feature a display of several pages from an original hand-written manuscript of Nicolas Nickleby.

Kent events include a range of celebrations in Rochester and Chatham from February 5-11 as well as the annual Dickens festivals in Rochester and Broadstairs in June. For more information, go to www.dickens2012.org.

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