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Welcome to the Dickens in Lowell legacy project page.

In 2012, the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Lowell National Historical Park celebrated the bicentenary of author Charles Dickens (1812-1870) with a major exhibition and event series, Dickens in Lowell. Here, you can sample video highlights from the series, and access exciting digital resources exploring Dickens's life, work, and travels in Massachusetts. To get started, just click on the links below.

Dickens and Massachusetts: A Virtual Exhibition

An extensive video tour of the award-winning Lowell National Historical Park exhibition, narrated by co-curator Diana Archibald, Associate Professor of English at UMass Lowell. Bonus features:

  • A reading by acclaimed English actress Miriam Margolyes
  • A gallery of more than 80 historical images featured in the exhibition.


Dickens Virtual Walking Tour of Lowell, MA

Relive Dickens's 1842 trip to Lowell with this virtual walking tour, which includes videos exploring each of the historic locations that Dickens visited.


"Whose Art Is It Anyway?

Three leading artists - author Andre Dubus III, photographer Arno Minkkinen, and musician Alan Williams, all UMass Lowell faculty members - use Dickens's campaign for copyright protections as a springboard for this fascinating exploration of intellectual property and the arts.


Asking for More: Dickens in Nigeria

Enjoy a fresh and entertaining twist on a Dickens classic in this original play devised by the Nigeraian Association of Merrimack Valley, which reimagines Oliver Twist set in 1970s Lagos, Nigeria.


Nigeraian Student ASsociation

"Dickens on the Line" Curriculum Guide

Research Dickens's significant connections to labor history with these curricular materials created by our partner, the Tsongas Industrial History Center.


Tsongas Industrial Ctr