The Charles Dickens (Malton) Society is dedicated to promoting the Dickens connection with Malton and to broadening the appeal of England's greatest-ever novelist. Our "home" is the Counting House museum, the offices of Dickens' friend Charles Smithson, in Chancery Lane, Malton. (Dickens visited Smithson here, and told him he used the building as a model for Scrooge’s counting house in A Christmas Carol).
In addition to opening the Counting House regularly for the public to visit (and sometimes for private visits/functions), we also give performances - sometimes of excerpts from Dickens' work, sometimes on various aspects of life in Victorian England and sometimes plays based on Dickens' characters. Our aims are to inform, entertain and amuse. These performances are offered to the public at local venues (members get in free) and at schools, private clubs and associations. Performances are often in Victorian costume: there is further information via the Performances link above.
All of our work is done on a voluntary basis, but we need to raise funds to pay the rent and other costs associated with running the Counting House museum. Contributions are gratefully received (cheques payable to The Charles Dickens (Malton) Society, mailed to us c/o WWSM, Chancery Lane, Malton YO17 7HW, or go to the Contact Us link above. We welcome new members – the annual fee is £10.00. To join the Society, click on the Contact Us link above. Members are invited free to all our performances, and are more than welcome to take part, or to help in showing people round the Counting House museum.
Regular events are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month, either at the Counting House museum or at the Town Council Chambers, Commercial Street, Norton. You can see a schedule of recent and planned events/performances via the Events Programme link on the left, or contact our Secretary, Linda McCarthy, on 01653 698701.