Simon Costin’s Dickensian street scene

As part of its Dickens and London exhibition the Museum of London has commissioned set designer Simon Costin to create a suitably Dickensian street scene as a window display of its City Gallery premises at 150 London Wall…

As part of its Dickens and London exhibition (which opens tomorrow) the Museum of London has commissioned set designer Simon Costin to create a suitably Dickensian street scene as a window display of its City Gallery premises at 150 London Wall…

The cardboard city streetscape, complete with narrow alleys, church towers and shop fronts, is made entirely from cardboard and inspired by the descriptive essays of Charles Dickens. “My intention [was] to create a fantasy vision of London as it would have been glimpsed by Dickens on his nocturnal wanderings through the city,” says Costin. “His essays are extremely evocative. Dickens once wrote that he felt like a child in a dream ‘staring at the marvellousness of everything’. It is that marvellousness that I wanted to recreate.”

The topmost image and the one below are work-in-progress shots…

And below are some shots of the set installed in the Museum of London’s window. At night windows and street lights in the scene are lit by dozens of tiny LED lights.

The window display will run until February next year. The exhibition, Dickens and London, is part of a larger series of events and happenings in London that look to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of author and writer Charles Dickens.

Dickens and London runs from December 9 – June 10 at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. More info at

See more of Simon Costin’s work here


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