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Original Copy of A Christmas Carol on Display in Lincoln Castle

An original copy of Charles Dickens’ much loved classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’, will be displayed at Lincoln Castle in the David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault as part of the Christmas Emporium.

During the Victorian era many Christmas traditions which we continue to hold today were initiated, many attributed to the influence of Prince Albert – the new husband of Queen Victoria. For example, it was Prince Albert, who brought from his native Germany the Christmas Tree.

It was during this time too that author Charles Dickens became “perfectly stricken down by” the appaling working conditions and long hours under which very young children were made to work in factories. In 1843 Dickens’ first-hand experience of the suffering of the working class in industrial Britain had led him to begin writing his famous Christmas tale.

Dickens vowed to strike, “the heaviest blow in my power”, “something that would come down with sledgehammer force” on behalf of victims of the Industrial Revolution.

The story reflects the hardship of the 1840s for those that were not prosperous, and in particular children who were cheap labour working amongst the dangers of the rise of the new machinery in this industrial age - the Tiny Tims of A Christmas Carol. The first edition soon shot of the shelves before Christmas 1843.

2018 marks the 175th anniversary of the release of this enduring tale, which has become part of many British Christmases ever since. Now is your chance to enjoy the opportunity to see this first edition copy, up close, in Lincoln Castle.

The document will be on display in the Magna Carta vault from Tuesday 27th November 2018 until Thursday 31st January 2019, open daily from 10am – 4pm (closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day).

The Castle Day Ticket includes admission to the Medieval Wall Walk, Victorian Prison and the copy of A Christmas Carol in the David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault. Tickets can be bought on the Lincoln Castle Digitickets website:

  • Adult: £13.50;
  • Concession: £11;
  • Child (ages 5 - 16): £7.20;
  • Under 5s: free;
  • Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children): £34.20;
  • Carers accompanying visitors with disabilities: free.

The Lincoln Castle Christmas Emporium features eight evenings of Christmas delights in within the medieval walls of Lincoln Castle for a festive celebration of arts, crafts, and food. It takes place from Saturday 15th to Saturday 22nd December 2018, from 4pm - 10pm.

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