The Old Curiosity Shop, by Myles Birket Foster (1882)

To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens (7 February 1812), events and exhibitions have been organised all around Britain and abroad.

As part of the celebration of Dickens and Dickensiana, the
Autopsies Research Group announces its investigation into The
Afterlife of Dickens Objects
. This project places the emphasis on the household items and everyday objects that appear in Dickens's texts and in curated exhibits of Dickens's life.

For a look at some of these objects visit these ongoing events:

The British Library

The Dickens Museum

The Museum of London

Dickens House Museum, Broadstairs

Victoria and Albert Museum

List of worldwide events

If you are in Paris, head to the Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine at the Palais de Chaillot (métro Trocadéro) to see this exhibition. 'Archi & BD, la ville dessinée' examines the fascinating relationships between architecture and comic strips from the beginning of the twentieth century to today.

The exhibition runs until 28 November 2010.

For more information, see the Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine website (in English) and the exhibition blog (in French).

While we're on the topic of drawing the city, have a look at the blog of Autopsies group member Hannah Gregory, which features a recent entry on Books and Buildings.

Jacob Paskins