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Students impress with Charles Dickens museum display

A group of Year 7 students who have been working on a project that celebrates the 160th anniversary since the publication of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations will see their work go on display at Wisbech Museum.

For the last seven weeks, the students have been meeting virtually after school with staff from the museum to develop a display which chronicles the life and times of Dickens, following on from their studies in school of Victorian life.

They discovered how the museum came to have possession of the original manuscript of Great Expectations before carrying out research to inform their displays for the museum.

Mr Bronizewski, English lead for Key Stage 3 who led the project, said: “Every step of the way students were eager, curious and engaged. Museum staff commented on how proud and enthusiastic the students were to share the progress that they were making with their work.”

“I have really enjoyed working with them and watching the learning taking place every week. I am extremely proud of each student who showed up every Monday and their level of dedication.”

The students have been invited to the museum this Saturday (June 26th) to see their work on display with their families and have the chance to see the original Great Expectations manuscript. 

The museum’s New Conversations Project Officer, Sarah Coleman, said: “It has been brilliant sharing the museum's collection digitally and working with the group after school every Monday on this wonderful project celebrating Dickens and 160 years since Great Expectations was published.

“This is the first time we've worked on an after-school project with Thomas Clarkson Academy - the students have been fantastic! It's been wonderful to see their research, zines, display ideas and presentations and we are looking forward to displaying their work in the museum library along with the manuscript of Great Expectations and our signed first edition of David Copperfield.”

Curator Robert Bell added: “The students have put in a huge amount of effort and we've been really impressed by their work and progress over the weeks. It's been great to see their creativity.”

The pop-up exhibition will run for three Saturdays, with timed entry bookings available here.

Click here to view the museum’s Dickens page on their website.