Charles Dickens

Portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery

Bust of writer Charles Dickens


Saturday 11 May - Saturday 14 September

Visitor information

During museum opening hours 

Art Gallery

First floor



The star of this exhibition is a portrait of the famous writer Charles Dickens on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

A regular visitor to the North East, it is said that Dickens was inspired by a stay at Cleadon House in South Shields while writing Great Expectations. 

[Image shown is of bust of Dickens of unknown origin, from the original South Shields Reading Rooms here.]