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Easter Trail

Daily, Saturday 6th – Saturday 27th April

10:30am – 4:30pm, £1 for trail pack

Join an Easter word hunt around Johnson’s House, plus free activities throughout the holiday.

Family Crafternoon Tea Party

Thursday 18th April

2:00pm, £3.50 per child, £1 for accompanying adults

Join a tea party with a difference! Find out about famous tea parties in history and fiction and enjoy an afternoon of magic, cake and craft activities in a tea-lover’s house.

History Workshop: Behind Every Great Man…

Sunday 28th April

2:00pm, £4

Join Sue Bray as she explores the hidden histories of the women in Johnson’s world, revisits some of his well-known quotes and gives insight into attitudes in the 18th century and beyond. Includes behind-the-scenes archive visit.

Half Term Fun!

Thursday 30th May

11:00am and 2:00pm, £2

Craft activities for the school holidays.

Imagination and reality: Johnson and the use of travelling

Saturday 4th May – Sunday 7th July

Daily, 10:30am – 4:30pm, Free

Discover travel writing and 18th century journeys in this exhibition including maps, atlases, travel journals and Johnson’s own adventures around the country and beyond.

Pirate Storytelling

Wednesday 29th May

1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm, £3.50 per child, £1 for accompanying adults

Sail the high seas with travelling tales from Lichfield Storytellers in a pirate ship cabin – fancy dress optional!

Paintings in Focus

Saturday 13th July – Sunday 8th September

Daily, 10:30am – 4:30pm, Free

An in-depth look at the Museum’s art collection with a self-guide tour leaflet available daily, plus a programme of special tours and sketching sessions throughout the summer. 

Summer Fun at Sam’s House

Thursday 25th July and Every Thursday in August

11:00am and 2:00pm, £2

Craft activities for the school holidays. 

Samuel Johnson’s 310th Birthday

Saturday 14th September, 10:40am – 4:30pm, Free

A day of celebration with cake, activities and performances at the Museum and on the Market Square, including traditional Civic Ceremony at noon.

The Girl in the Picture

Saturday 28th September

7:00pm & 8:30pm, £9.50 including a drink

Inside us all is the child we once were…discover how events and people shaped Lucy Porter, Dr Johnson’s step-daughter in this new drama from David Titley and Intimate Theatre.

Regular Events

Words Alive! 


Saturdays from 4th May, 10.30am – 11.45am

£3 per session, discounts for family groups.


Our 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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