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Exhibition hosts intricate Dickensian dolls' houses

8 January 2013

Dozens of wonderful Dickensian dolls’ houses have been thrilling crowds of thousands in Deventer, for the Netherlands Dickens Festijn.

The Dolls House Emporium supplied some of the prizes for the event, last weekend, and the miniature exhibition remains at Deventer Bergkerk until January 20.

More than 120,000 visitors descend on the town each year, with the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth proving a major draw this time around.

Tobias Witkop, one of the judges of the Dickens Miniature Contest, said: “I was surprised by the generally high quality of the contestants.”

Tineke ten Bulte, who runs the town's dollshouse and miniature shop Het Behouden Huis, said: “Three of the competition projects used The Corner Shop and my own project, for the exhibition, was The Old Curiosity Shop made using a lot of DHE items."

Netherlands Dickens Festijn



The amazingly detailed projects come from miniatuists in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

The exhibition - in the church - is the centre of the event, so most visitors see all of the display.

In another street is miniature exhibition, with a theme of christmas.

Great Expectations

Dickens in his study

Mr Pickwick

Scrooge and Marley

More information about the Dickens Festival can be found on

It explains how the 19th century of Charles Dickens lives again in the picturesque Bergkwartier in Deventer in December.

Netherlands Dickens Festijn.

Netherlands Dickens Festijn.

As part of the wider event, more than 900 characters from Dickens' books are 'brought to life', including Oliver Twist, Scrooge, Marley and Mr Pickwick, as well as vagabonds begging and thieves stealing!

On sale were puffed potatoes, punch and roast chestnuts. Wealthy ladies and gentlemen with top hats paraded the streets and carol singers travelled from door to door!

Deventer Bergkerk

Deventer Bergkerk

Deventer Bergkerk

On the Sunday the whole centre of the city hosted a market on the main square with 200 stands, supported by a cultural programme, with choirs, orchestras and vocal ensembles bringing Christmas music.

Dickens Festijn
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