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September 2013

Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, Offers Charles Dickens’ Exhibition

The Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery is pleased to present its newest, interactive exhibition, Charles Dickens: The Continuing Victorian Narrative, at its Heritage Green museum in downtown Greenville, SC, on view through Apr. 31, 2015.

The Charles Dickens exhibit will incorporate the latest in museum technology along with 19th century paintings, period furniture, and interactive vignettes, all designed to elucidate the contrast of light and darkness that defined Victorian London.

Visitors to the exhibit will witness two floors of imaginative displays and rich period-details designed to fascinate and enrapture even the youngest viewer. The first floor focuses on Dickens as a journalist while the second floor examines his work as a novelist, with interactive displays examining the social challenges faced by the Victorians. London settings included are:

· Dickens’ Publishing Office: a representation of Dickens’ work place where he famously published his weekly magazine Household Words.

· Gentlemen’s World: two vignettes designed to represent both the upper crust of the Victorian world and the rising middle class by showcasing two separate London clubs - The Athenaeum Club and the Green Room Club.

· Scutari Barracks: an enlightening display that will allow the viewer to examine the medical conditions and advancements of the Victorian world.

· Dickens’ Gad’s Hill Office: an examination of Dickens’ fictional writings and the colorful characters that influenced an entire generation.

· Gallery of Light Bearers: a fascinating study of the men who best exemplified Dickens’ many themes, including William Wilberforce and Charles Spurgeon.

In addition, the second floor features a children’s educational room, which combines imaginative designs with realistic settings to allow each child to explore a world divided by class and status, forces for good and forces for darkness. Concepts explored will include the Victorian view of playtime, Victorian learning, and the social structure surrounding the typical Victorian child.

M&G is delighted to present this truly unique and accessible exhibition to the residents of Greenville and the Upstate at M&G at Heritage Green. Make your plans to see this fascinating examination of the life, times, and works of the one-and-only Charles Dickens. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for students. Children 12 and under attend free.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum & Gallery, at 864/770-1331 or visit (www.bjumg.org).

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