"I know him to have been an incapable brute, who had no more right to be possessed of the great trust he held"

Charles Dickens was a tireless crusader for the rights of children, and he campaigned for humane, quality education. He exposed the practises of some of the harshest schools through satire. Dotheboys Hall in Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839) was just one example.

According to Dickens’ descendent, Lucinda Hawksley, Dickens did much to effect practical change in the schooling system, and even managed to precipitate the closure of a number of schools in Yorkshire.