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Blazing Words, Glitt’ring Gold: Illuminating art from Lichfield Calligraphers

Saturday 16 June to Friday 31August

10.30am – 4.30pm Daily, Free Entry

Beautiful word-based art, inspired by alchemy, metals, treasure and more exhibited around the historic house. Calligraphy by group members from Lichfield, Barton and the Mercian Scribes.

Writing Spaces at the Samuel Jonson Birthplace Museum

Saturday 30th June

2.00pm - 4.00pm, Free

Join the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum for a celebration of writing at an inspiring venue in the heart of the country – the very house in Lichfield where Dr Johnson, famed for his English Dictionary, was born.

Hosted by the Birthplace Writing Group and with writing spaces available throughout the historic house, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet up with fellow writing enthusiasts, soak up the atmosphere, and put pen to paper to celebrate National Writing Day!

Summer Fun at Sam’s House! 

Every Thursday in the school holidays: 26 July, 2 August, 9 August, 16 August, 23 August, 30 August

11.00am & 2.00pm, £2

Travel the world with hands-on family craft activities, a different activity on the theme of exploration and discovery every week.

Please Contact Us to book.

Johnson’s Birthday Celebrations

Saturday 22nd September

10.30am – 4.30pm, Free

Celebrate Samuel Johnson’s birthday at his family home with a slice of birthday cake for all! Plus as part of Lichfield’s Heritage Weekend’s ‘Hundred years of…’ theme, step back in time and experience the Museum as visitors would have seen it in 1918 with a special exhibition and family activities.

Dr Johnson's Wikiwords: Birthday

Saturday 29th September

7.00pm and 8.15pm, £10 (£8 students), Early booking discounts available

Dr Johnson has the Birthday blues until rumours that he is to lose his birthday force him to think of revolution encouraged by friends whose motives lie elsewhere. Another evening of comic dabbling in the world of words, birthday parties and bouncebackability. 

Please Contact Us to book.

Silver Sunday

Sunday 7th October

11.00am – 1.00pm, Free

Join the Birthplace team for a cup of tea, gentle craft activities and a behind the scenes peek at the Museum's stored collections on this annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK (Please note that the Museum is accessed by a small flight of steps and there are stairs throughout). 

The Extraordinary Journey of Francis Barber

Sunday 14th October

2.00pm, £4

A fascinating talk on Johnson's heir 'Frank' Barber, from a plantation in Jamaica to high-society London and a Staffordshire schoolhouse. Including a behind the scenes visit to the Museum's library, with original letters, documents and items from Frank on display. Part of Black History Month.

Please Contact Us to book. 

Halloween Storytelling for Adults

Wednesday 24th October

7.00pm, £8.50 including a drink

As we approach All Hallows Eve, for one night only, the museum will be haunted – by sinister tales. Lichfield Storytellers will thrill and delight you with traditional stories of spectral encounters, creeping horrors and creatures from your nightmares!

Please Contact Us to book.  

Halloween Storytelling for Families

Wednesday 31st October

1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm, £4, Booking essential

Creepy fun for families on the creepiest day of the year! With three storytellers telling scary tales and spooky stories in an eerie witches’ lair, it’ll be an exciting interactive session for all ages. Dress up if you like, it’ll add to the fun! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please Contact Us to book.

Half Term Fun!

Thursday 1st November

11.00am and 2.00pm, £2

Our popular hands-on arts and craft activities for the school holidays are perfect for a session of family fun. Booking in advance advised.

Please Contact Us to book. 

Crafty Sundays

Sundays 4th, 11th and 18th November

11.00am-3.00pm, Free

Browse while visiting the Museum, meet local makers and find unique Christmas gifts in our series of tiny craft fairs. 

Christmas Light Night

Sunday 25th November

3.30pm – 6.00pm, Free

Warm up while visiting the Lichfield Christmas Light Switch On with hands-on activities and festive refreshments including mulled wine.

The Johnson Family Christmas

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December

11.00am – 3.00pm, Free

Enjoy the historic house decorated for Christmas, with activities for all ages and events throughout the weekend including carol singing, storytelling, mulled wine, magic and special moving displays!

Professor Custard's Toy Workshop

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December

2.00pm, £4

Hands-on activity session for the festive season, make a selection of traditional toys to take home! Children must be accompanied by an adult, booking essential.

Please Contact Us to book.  

Wintry Indoor Storywalk  

Monday 17th December

From 7.00pm, £6

Following the popularity of the last storywalk, we’re doing it again! Four storytellers, four traditional wintry tales, four rooms from the cellar kitchen to the attic – come and experience the museum in a very different way as our guides lead you through the house to hear stories sparkling with winter frost and glowing with fireside warmth!

Slots are available to book from 7.00pm.

Half Term Fun!

Thursday 21st February 2019

11.00am and 2.00pm, £2

Our popular hands-on arts and craft activities for the school holidays are perfect for a session of family fun. Booking in advance advised.

Please Contact Us to book.  

Regular Events

Words Alive!


Term-time Saturdays, 10.30am – 11.30am

£3 per session, discounts for family groups.


A new weekly club for 7-11 year olds who love words! Read, write, create, act, and illustrate in an inspiring setting.


Please Contact Us to book.


Birthplace Book Club

First Wednesday of the month, 1pm.

Friendly and informal group reading along with Radio 4’s Book Club show, new members welcome.


Birthplace Writers Group

Second Saturday of the month, 2pm (no meeting in July or August), Free


Facilitated by an experienced teacher, both beginners and current writers are welcome to this friendly adult group to nurture and fulfil their writing aspirations in our inspiring venue.



Lunchtime Latin

Tuesday afternoons at 1pm. Please Contact Us for dates and availability.

£20 per 5-week half term or £5 per session


A fascinating and friendly course starting from the basics of the ancient language, 1pm, £5 per session in blocks of 5.

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