Friends Event Series: Dickens and the Marshalsea

Friends Event Series: Dickens and the Marshalsea

In this guest lecture at the University of Aberdeen, the eminent historian Jerry White explores the place of the Marshalsea in the life and fiction of the writer Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens’s life and writings were indelibly marked by his father’s indebtedness and eventual imprisonment in the Marshalsea Prison in the early months of 1824. The name and purpose of the prison was known to Dickens even before he encountered it in reality, but the sights he saw there, and the shame he felt as a consequence, stayed with him for the rest of his life.

About the speaker: Jerry White

Professor in Modern London History at Birkbeck and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of England, Jerry White has been researching and writing London history since the mid-1970s. Among his many published works is London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People, winner of the 2002 Wolfson History Prize, and most recently Zeppelin Nights, London in the First World War, which was Spear’s 2014 Social History of the Year. His most recent book, Mansions of Misery. A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison, was published in October 2016.

There will be an opportunity to meet Jerry White after the talk and to purchase copies of Mansions of Misery and other publications by the author stocked by Blackwell's.

This event is supported by the Friends of Aberdeen University Library and Special Collections Centre in association with the Aberdeen Branch of the Dickens Fellowship.

This event is free and open to all, refreshments will be provided.

Professor Jerry White
Hosted by
Friends of Aberdeen University Library
Craig Suite, 7th Floor, The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking Required - please contact:

Emma Fowlie - Honorary Secretary of the Friends of Aberdeen University Library


Phone: 01224 273385

Online booking available