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Refurbished Dickens Museum in London to reopen

6 December 2012 Last updated at 13:49 GMT

The only surviving London home of Charles Dickens reopens to the public next week after a £3.1m makeover.

The author, who was born in Portsmouth, lived in the four-storey house at 48 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, with his family from 1837, and wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby in his study.

BBC London's Brenda Emmanus talks to Charles Dickens Museum curator Fiona Jenkins and museum director Florian Schweizer, who says the refurbishment allows visitors "to get closer" to the author.