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On the street where Dickens lived

In the video below, author and historian Ruth Richardson takes us on a tour of the London street that inspired Oliver Twist. Just a stone’s throw away from where Charles Dickens lived as a child and a young man, Ruth Richardson explains the significance of the Cleveland Street workhouse, which was saved from demolition in 2011.

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Ruth Richardson is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Affiliated Scholar in the History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, and Hon. Professor of Humanities and Medicine at Hong Kong University. Ruth Richardson is also the author of a number of books, including The Making of Mr. Gray’s Anatomy, Death, Dissection and the Destitute , and Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor which is scheduled for release in early 2012.


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