Queen's Policy Engagement

Dickens: Irish Friends and Family Ties

‘Dickens: Irish Friends and Family Ties’ marks the 150th anniversary of the death of celebrated Victorian writer, Charles Dickens.

Dickens: Irish Friends and Family Ties

In this video Dr Leon Litvack, a world authority on Dickens’s life and work takes you through PRONI’s digital exhibition. The exhibition uses PRONI archives to explore the unique and lasting friendship between Charles Dickens and three prominent Ulstermen – politician James Emerson Tennent, newspaper editor Francis Dalzell Finlay and the diplomat Lord Dufferin.

It touches upon the weird and the wonderful of Dickensian society, from execution and bodysnatching to tokens of love and friendship, allowing the visitor to consider how they may have influenced Dickens’s writing.

You can find the exhibition here

For more information regarding PRONI, please visit their website here.


The featured image has been used courtesy of a Creative Commons license. 



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Kevin Fearon is the Business Alliance Manager for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Queen's University Belfast and manages the Queen's Policy Engagement initiative.

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