After 25 years, the Charles Dickens Centre in Rochester, Kent, is closing. The council in charge of the site says it’s not financially viable to keep the Eastgate House open and has announced plans to relocate the Rochester Library to the site.
Blaming “increased competition from other attractions,” the council cited a downturn in visitors to the Eastgate House. The director of the Dickens House Museum in London said Dickens sites should evolve to compete with computer games, the Internet, and J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard. (Photograph taken from this Dickens site.)