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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.

Johnson’s 310 Birthday Celebrations

Saturday 14th September

10.30am – 4:30pm, Free

Annual commemorations including a free slice of Hindley’s cake for all (while stocks last!), hands-on printing activities using historic type with the Small Print Company and special displays for Heritage Open Days. Civic ceremony on the Market Square at 12 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.

Online tickets available here. 

Silver Sunday: Craft ‘n’ Cuppa

Sunday 6th October

11:00am – 1:00pm, Free

Drop-in to enjoy gentle craft activities, a cup of tea and a behind the scenes peek at the Museum in this special ‘Silver Sunday’ event for older people. Please note that the first floor is accessed by a flight of stairs.

L2F Art Competition Exhibition

Saturday 12th October – Sunday 20th October

Daily, 11:00am – 3:30pm, Free

See work from the Finalists selected from this year’s entries on the theme ‘Blowing in the Wind’. Click here to find out more.

L2F The Museum Sessions

Saturday 19th October

Free, Limited Seating

The stories behind the music and some great performances as part of Lichfield’s Festival of Folk. Click here to find out more.

Lichfield Storytellers: Tales from Beyond the Grave

Wednesday 23rd October, 7:00pm

Tickets £8.50 including an arrival drink

A deliciously chilling collection of stories: ghosts, hauntings and mysterious occurrences. Some of these tales are creepy, some are poignant, some are even funny – but you may not wish to walk home alone! Event lasts 2 hours including an interval.

Spooky Stories for Families

Tuesday 29th October, 11am, 12pm and 2pm

Tickets £3.50, £1 for accompanying adults

Creepy fun for families at the creepiest time 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 families. Dress up if you like, it’ll add to the fun! Suitable for children up to age 11. Sessions have a 45-minute duration. 

Half Term Fun

Thursday 31st October, 11:00am & 2:00pm

Tickets £2.50, accompanying adults free of charge

Hands-on arts and craft activities for the school holidays. Limited space, booking advised.

Christmas Light Night

Sunday 24th November

3:30pm - 6:00pm, Free

Late-night opening for the Lichfield Lights Switch-on with free activities and trails, mulled wine and mince pies available and a great view of the Market Square event.

Christ-mouse Trail

Saturday 30th November - Sunday 5th January

11:00am – 3.30pm Daily, Free

A fun festive trail for children to find ‘the smallest of all beasts’ around the house. Available every day throughout the holidays.

A Johnson Family Christmas

Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December

11:00am – 3.30pm, Free

A Christmas fair with something for all ages in historic surroundings including carol singing, hands-on activities, a magical display of fairy automata, festive refreshments and locally made crafts for sale.

Fairies and Fountains

Sunday 8th December

Fairy toy workshops (1hr) at 1:30pm. £3.50, accompanying adults £1, advance booking required

Storytelling sessions at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm, free events, just drop-in

A magical experience for families, inspired by Johnson’s fairytale ‘the Fountains’. Book a place at a hands-on craft session to make fairy decorations and toys to take home (4-12 years, must be accompanied) and enjoy storytelling sessions (all ages welcome!) throughout the day.

Regular Events

Words Alive!

Every Saturday from October 12th

10:30am – 11:45pm

£3.00 per session, £2.00 for siblings. Book a block of 5 sessions for £12 (£10 siblings)

A weekly club for 8-12 year olds who love words! Read, write, create, act and illustrate in the inspiring setting of the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. Try your first session free! 

Please Contact Us to book.


Birthplace Book Club

First Wednesday of the month, 1pm. Free. 

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

Birthplace Writers Group

Second Saturday of the month September - June, 2pm, 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.

Latin for Beginners

Tuesdays at 12:45pm (1 hr duration) from September 24th – December 3rd (no session on October 29th)

£5 per session, or book 5 sessions for £20

A friendly small-group course starting from the basics of the ancient language, led by an engaging and experienced life-long educator.


Poetry Group


Third Thursday of every month

2:00pm, Free

An informal poetry reading and discussion group with a different theme every week.

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