On our return to London from Canterbury and other towns in Ken we checked into the Grange Lancaster Hotel, one of the boutique Grange hotels located in a traditional Georgian townhouse on Bedford Street in Bloomsbury, near the University of London Senate House where I was scheduled to attend a reception the evening of 7 July 2015. After the reception we had dinner at a nice Indian Restaurant Hason Raja and then we walked the streets of Bloomsbury to find the Charles Dickens Museum located in a Georgian Townhouse at 48 Doughty Street. We arrived after hours but soon found out that a rare “Dickens After Dark” event was to held on Friday 10 July. Cheryl managed to get tickets while I was at the history conference and we returned Friday to see a “World Premiere of the Mystery of Edwin Drood” (son Charley Dickens rare manuscript) performed by five theatrically talented Dickens scholars and presented in vignettes in each room of the Dickens House. See http://www.dickensmuseum.com/events/dickens-after-dark-the-summer-addition/
We really enjoyed this Dickens after Dark event and visiting with the actors in between sets to learn more about how each of them has a personal and deep interest in Dickens and special expertise to share with others. Cheryl received a hands-on lesson in book-binding after the performance and we both enjoyed the music in the summer garden by Facio (and Pulpo on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwCA0h9u890 ) and Jean Caprice on accordion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNGGuKbpN18 ) We thank Shannon Hermes Museum Manager and all the museum staff for working on the many activities that made our visit to the Charles Dickens Museum so enjoyable.