Events 2017

Lots of exciting activities and events take place throughout the year at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. From school holiday fun to workshops, exhibitions and drama there is something for all.

History Workshop: City of Celebration
Saturday 18th February, 2pm, £4.00
We are sorry that this event has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled later in the year
At the start of the year that Lichfield celebrates the 300th Birthday of David Garrick, explore city-wide parties of the past in this informal archive-based session

Half Term Fun: Glorious Garrick!
Thursday 23rd February, Sessions at 11am & 12pm, £2
Pop-up theatre making, costume and more for the school holidays. Booking advised

The Golden Moment: A Family Farewell to Johnson and Garrick
Friday 3rd March 2017, 7.00pm & 8.30pm, £9 including a drink
It’s March 2nd 1737, the morning of Sam and Davy’s great adventure - but is everyone happy about them leaving? Written by David Titley and performed by Intimate Theatre

Love & Duty
Saturday 11th March, 7pm, £8.50
A warm, sympathetic glimpse into the interlinked lives of gentlewomen and working women in the 18th century from storyteller Cath Edwards, drawing on contemporary letters, diaries, folk tales and songs

Sam’s Easter Detective Trail
Saturday 8th April – Sunday 23rd April, £1 trail pack, free entry to museum
Trail and activities available daily throughout the school holidays. £1 trail pack, free entry to museum

Spy School
Thursdays 13th & 20th April, 10.30am, £3.50
Have you got what it takes to become a spy? Find out in a fun code-breaking word workshop for the Easter holidays. Limited places, advance booking required.

Garrick 300 Community Party
Bank Holiday Monday 1st May, 10.30am-4.30pm, Free
Celebrating performance, talent and arts organisations from our area in a family friendly activity day for Staffordshire Day on the Market Square, at the Johnson Birthplace and all around the city!

Half Term Fun!
Thursday 1st June, Sessions at 11am & 12pm, £2
Hands-on craft activities for the school holidays. Booking advised

Johnson & Garrick: a Friendship in Constant Repair
Saturday 17th June – Sunday 24th September 10.30am – 4.30pm daily, free
Exhibition following the lives, friendship and successes of Sam & Davey, as they rose to the height of celebrity in the 18th century

David Garrick and the Georgian Theatre
Monday 10th July, 7pm, £3.50
Dr Graham Nicholls explores David Garrick’s fame and influence in the context of the 18th century stage in this fascinating talk.

Summer Fun at Sam’s House… goes to the theatre!
Every Thursday in the school holidays £2
Puppet-making, masks and more – a different Theatre-themed hands on activity every week. Booking advised.

Regular Events

Bookworms United!
Fortnightly Saturdays, 10.30am
Read, explore and enjoy popular titles in our fortnightly book and activity club for 7-10 year olds. New Bookworms always very welcome!
£4 per session including books and refreshments, discounts for family groups. 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.

Birthplace Writers Group
Second Saturday of the month, 2pm, free
Informal and friendly group, supporting writers at all levels in an inspiring venue. An interest in creative writing is all you need. Facilitated by experienced writer and tutor Charlotte Rigarlsford

Latin for Everyone
A new friendly Tuesday afternoon course starting from the basics of the fascinating ancient language, starting in September 2016. For more information about the content and joining visit our special website here

Please note that most of our events take place in the first-floor Birth Room, requiring access via many unavoidable steps. Please Contact Us if you would like more information about access. Standard entry to the museum is free of charge

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