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Charles Dickens’ desk and chair saved for the nation

Furniture used by author while he wrote Great Expectations and The Mystery of Edwin Drood bought with grant from National Heritage Memorial Fund

The desk where Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations and his final unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, has been saved for the nation.

The Charles Dickens Museum in London has been given a grant of more than £780,000 by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) to buy the desk and chair which he used in his final home, Gad’s Hill Place in Kent.

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Queuing to see Richard III: ‘You don’t go to a king’s funeral every day’

A festival spirit grew as thousands waited to step inside Leicester cathedral, the queue buzzing with curiosity about the last Plantagenet king

Having named their twin sons William and Harry, Colin Bottle and Pamela Sseremba were never going to miss the opportunity to attend “a king’s funeral”, as Sseremba put it.

If the 10-year-old boys seemed less than enthusiastic about travelling from Northampton to Leicester to queue in the cold to see Richard III’s coffin, their parents expressed an excitement shared by the thousands snaking around the cathedral.

Related: Thousands line Leicester streets for glimpse of Richard III’s coffin

Related: Richard III reburial: Leicester welcomes king’s remains – in pictures

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