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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-guided tour leaflet and art materials available daily, plus special guided tours at 2pm on Sunday 14th July and 11th August (tour price £3.50, contact us to book your place).

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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