Author visit

An eminent author who helped to put Oliver Twist’s workhouse on the modern map is set to appear at Wisbech Grammar School on Friday March 15.

Dr Ruth Richardson, whose book, ‘Dickens and the workhouse’, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012, will tell the story of her discoveries in the third of a series of lectures organised by Wisbech & Fenland Museum, which were launched last year to mark the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.

The revelation that as a young man Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide, and the campaign to save the workhouse from demolition caught the public imagination.

Internationally, the media immediately grasped the idea that Oliver Twist’s workhouse had been found, and made public the news that both the workhouse and Dickens’s old home were still standing, near London’s Telecom Tower.

The presentation is at 4.10pm in the school’s Dwight Centre and admission to the event is free.