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Portsmouth's  Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum is celebrating its reopening with three days of free entry. 

The museum opens for the summer season tomorrow[31 March]. As part of English Tourism Week, admission will be free to everyone until Sunday 2 April. 

The building, in Old Commercial Road, will be then open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm, until the end of September. 

Portsmouth residents will still be able to get free entry, just by showing proof of address. 

Novelist Charles Dickens was born in the small terraced house in 1812. It has been lovingly restored and furnished to illustrate the middle-class tastes of the era.

An exhibition room features a display on Dickens and Portsmouth and a collection of memorabilia, including the couch on which he died, his snuff box, his inkwell and his paper knife.

Special events include volunteers appearing in costume, and readings by the Dickens Fellowship. Details of these are available from the museum on 023 9282 1879.

More details, including usual admission prices, are at www.visitportsmouth.co.uk.