On the 7 February 1812, Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth at 13 Mile End Terrace. Dickens is synonymous with the Victorian City and its major issues: poverty, crime, and urbanisation. Portsmouth was a microcosmic version of London and shared the city’s concerns.

This website looks at the parallels between nineteenth century London and Portsmouth, and the city’s associations with Dickens, his family, and his theatrical, novelistic, and philanthropic interests.