Primary Visits

Guided visits to Johnson’s Birthplace for KS1 and KS2 focus on history. Find out about Samuel Johnson and how the Johnson family used to live through interacting with costumed characters. Visits also include drama, geography, technology and literacy throughout the session.

Included in a visit

  • Visit a Georgian home with Kitty and Lucy, the family helpers

  • Meet Michael Johnson in his workroom to find out about Sam as a young boy, and discover how books are made

  • Acting and storytelling 

  • Explore and compare old maps and find out about life in Lichfield

  • Dress up like a Georgian person and learn about manners in the past

  • See Johnson’s famous Dictionary and find out about weird and wonderful words used in his time

What teachers have to say about our Primary visits:

“Materials were fantastic and more schools should use the valuable resources of the museum, staff and online materials”

“We enjoyed the whole morning we spent at the Samuel Johnson house. The children enjoyed the dressing up and role play aspects of the visit. Staff were informative and had a lovely rapport with the children. Thank you very much for your warm welcome”

“Excellent for bringing history alive”

Visits last for two hours, for £2 per pupil. Accompanying adults are free of charge. Contact us or download our schools pack for more information


Quotation MarksSir, in my early years I read very hard. Quotation MarksI knew almost as much
at eighteen as I do now.

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