The Dickens Birthplace Museum will be open free of charge on Charles Dickens' birthday Thursday 7 February between 10am - 5pm with hourly readings from the Dickens Fellowship between 11am & 4pm. 

The Lord Mayor will attend to lay a wreath at the museum at 11am in honour of the author who was born in Landport in 1812. 

The museum will be open again as normal from 1 April - 30 September, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

Cllr Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "We're fortunate to have this opportunity to mark Dicken's birthday at his birthplace and to celebrate the life and work of one of the world's most acclaimed authors who was born here in Portsmouth."