Events at the Abbey

Dickens bicentenary wreathlaying

7th February 2012 at 11:00

Westminster Abbey will celebrate the bicentenary of one of Britain’s greatest writers with a wreathlaying in the South Transept.

The ceremony will mark the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens and will be held at the Abbey at 11.00 am on Tuesday 7th February 2012.

It is one of a number of events being held this year to mark the anniversary of the great Victorian writer, who is buried in the South Transept of the Abbey.

The wreathlaying ceremony will include readings from the Dickens’ novels and his other writings by a distinguished actor, an author and two of his  descendants.

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said: 'Dickens'  humanity and compassion made an extraordinary impact on Victorian England through his writings, which remain immensely popular. This bicentenary should help renew our commitment to improving the lot of the disadvantaged of our own day.'

All tickets for this event have now been allocated.