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Dickens card among Portsmouth's 100 objects exhibition

A visiting card used by novelist Charles Dickens Image copyright Portsmouth City Museum
Image caption A calling card used by novelist Charles Dickens is among 100 items included in the exhibition

A calling card used by novelist Charles Dickens is among more than 100 objects in a new exhibition that aims to highlight Portsmouth's past.

Some items on display as part of the free Portsmouth City Museum exhibition have never been seen in public before.

They also include a JMW Turner painting of the city's harbour.

The exhibits for the project, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), were collected over the past 35 years. Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812.

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Image caption Other items on display are a JMW Turner watercolour of Portsmouth Harbour and an 800-year-old cosmetics jar
Image copyright Portsmouth City Museum
Image caption The 250kg (551lb) bomb, dating from 1941, was discovered in Guildhall Walk in 1984

Rosalinda Hardiman from the museum has collected the objects, which also include a World War Two bomb, an 800-year-old cosmetics jar, and a mirror believed to have been owned by royal mistress Lillie Langtry.

The 250kg (551lb) bomb, dating from 1941, was found in Guildhall Walk in 1984. It was later safely detonated.

The exhibition, A Hard Choice, was awarded £9,800 from HLF and is on display until September.

Dickens spent the first three years of his life in Portsmouth before moving to London and then Kent.

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