The following is a detailed timeline we are compiling of the movements of the life of the Victorian writer Charles Dickens during the year 1851, as we come across them in letters, newspaper articles and other research. We have also included some key contemporary events that occurred in society.
Missing a date? if you know of any movements not covered here we would welcome letting us know, along with a reference to any source material so we can try to fill in the gaps.
- January (25). A Child’s History of England first appears in Household Words.
- February (15, Saturday). Red Tape is published in Household Words.
- February (26, Wednesday). Attends a farewell benefit evening at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for the actor William Charles Macready.
- March. Introduced to Wilkie Collins.
- March (1). Gives speech at a public dinner honouring the retirement of the actor William Charles Macready.
- March (31). John Dickens, father of Charles, dies from a urethral infection.
- April (14). Gives a speech at the Sixth Annual Dinner of the General Theatrical Fund, held at the London Tavern. After it has ended he is told the tragic news of the death of his daughter Dora.
- April (14). Dora Dickens dies when she is only eight months old.
May (1). The Great Exhibition opens at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London.
- May (10, Saturday). Gives speech on sanitary reform at Gore House, Kensington.
- May (10, Saturday). The Guild of Literature and Art is published in Household Words.
- June (14). On Duty With Inspector Field is published in Household Words.
- Catherine Dickens suffers a nervous collapse and is sent to Malvern in Worcestershire for recuperation.
- What shall we have for Dinner?, a cookbook by Catherine Dickens is published.