As we can't welcome our students to Senate House this summer, some of our tutors have put together some short readings, and videos with snippets from their lectures on Dicken's novels. We will be updating this page over the next week with this content! Stay tuned for an interview with Claire Tomalin, the distinguished Dickens biographer, who was due to give the 2020 Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture as part of the summer school. 

Introduction to the Nineteenth Century Summer School, by Director Isobel Armstrong

Bleak House, Dr Daniel Tyler

Dr Daniel Tyler discusses Dickens' Bleak House in this snippet from his Nineteenth Century Summer School lecture. 

Our Mutual Friend, Dr Steven Connor

One of our lecturers for the Nineteenth Century Summer School, Dr Steven Connor, discusses economy in Dickens' Our Mutual Friend. 


An important part of the Nineteenth Century Summer School is the Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture, which always runs alongside the study week. Previous lecturers include Barbara Hardy, Frank Kermode, Michael Slater, and Rosemary Ashton. Many of these lectures are free to download and read - take a look!