Restless Shadow: Bringing light to a Dickensian era

The Big Issue Foundation was delighted to host an exclusive event, including a private viewing of the museum’s current exhibition, ‘Restless Shadow’, for our key supporters at the Charles Dickens Museum, on Thursday 19th October.

The evening began with a drinks reception and a warm welcome by Cindy Sughrue, Director of the Charles Dickens Museum. This was followed by a sequence of engaging and enlightening speeches from gregarious founder of The Big Issue, Lord John Bird, depicting the wonderful synergy between the work of Dickens and The Big Issue, ensued by key note speaker and CEO of The Big Issue Foundation, Stephen Robertson, outlining our ambitious plans for the future, wrapped up by Professor John Drew, Curator of Dickens, who exquisitely shone a light on the work of Dickens and the moral outrage he felt for those most neglected within society.

After the speeches, guests had a private view of the stunning ‘Restless Shadow’ exhibition that The Big Issue Foundation is a proud partner of.

‘Restless Shadow’ follows the footsteps of Dickens as he pounds the streets of London, determined to make himself aware of the terrible conditions, injustices and hardships faced by the poorest and least powerful people in society.

Cindy Sughrue, Director of the Charles Dickens Museum, said, “Dickens’s combination of a passion for walking and his periodic bouts of insomnia helped to create the ‘restless shadow’ that found its way into the darkest corners of society and exposed so many of the country’s inequalities. His campaigning spirit never left him and, had he never written a word of fiction, Dickens’s journalistic career is worthy of great recognition. We are proud to throw light on this area of his life, especially as it allows us to strike partnerships with charities with which he either worked himself or of which, in the case of The Big Issue Foundation, I feel he would have heartily approved.”

Stephen Robertson, CEO of The Big Issue Foundation, said “Our partnership with the Dickens Museum has been wonderful. I am delighted that our combined efforts have helped spread the Big Issue message, raised the profile of our work around poverty and homelessness and engaged some Big Issue vendors in the delivery of the exhibition itself. I hope that we will be able to continue our relationship well into the future.”

‘The Restless Shadow: Dickens the Campaigner’ exhibition is being held at the Charles Dickens Museum until November 5th 2017.

Below are some pictures from the museum during our exploration: