Events 2016

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. Lots more events in 2016 to be added soon! You can download our Spring & Summer Events leaflet here

Half Term Fun!
Thursday 18 February, 11am-1.30pm
Get creative in hands-on arts and craft activities for the half-term holiday
£2, just drop-in!

History Workshop: Women in Johnson’s World
Saturday 5th March 2pm
Informal discussion and archive session exploring the achievements of women in Johnson’ circle and beyond.
£4, booking recommended

Sam’s Easter Adventure
Saturday 26 March to Sunday 10 April , Daily 10.30am – 4.30pm
Easter holiday fun at the Museum with trails, activities and competitions available every day.
Free entry and activities, £1 for trail pack

Sharing Stories: Local History Day
Saturday 30th April 10.30am – 4.30pm
Display of photos and objects looking at the changing Market Square and the history of the Birthplace. Enjoying delving into Lichfield’s past, and bring your own items and stories along to show and share too!
Free entry

The Language of Sculpture
Sunday 1st May 11am & 2pm (times to be confirmed)
Join sculptor Peter Walker on Staffordshire Day to explore Johnson’s link to sculpture in a talk and walk around the city sculpture trail
£7.50, booking advised

Guided Tours of Johnson’s Birthplace
First Saturday of the month from May 7
Join a lively and entertaining tour bringing the home of Lichfield’s famous son to life
£3.50, booking advised

Half Term Fun!
Thursday 2 June, 10.30am – 1.00pm
Get creative in hands-on arts and craft activities for the half-term holiday
£2, just drop-in!

Harmony & Grace: Lichfield Calligraphers at the Birthplace
Saturday 2nd July – Sunday 25th September, Daily 10.30am – 4.30pm
Artworks bring words to life in this exhibition of Calligraphy displayed around the historic building
Free entry

Shakespeare 400: Sonnets in the City
Saturday 9th July
Look out for sonnets performed in surprising places around the city and at the Birthplace. More details coming soon!
Free entry

Summer Fun at Sam’s House
Every Thursday in August, 10.30am – 1.00pm (4, 11 ,18 ,25)
Drop-in arts and crafts fun throughout the holiday. A different activity every week.
£2, just drop-in!

Regular Events

Bookworms United!
Next sessions: Saturdays 20th February and 5th March
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
Friendly and informal group reading along with Radio 4’s Book Club show, new members welcome
Free entry. Next Meeting: Wednesday March 2nd A Strange Eventful History by Michael Holroyd

Birthplace Writers Group
Second Saturday of the month, 2pm (next date: March 12th)
New for 2016 and 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 an inspiring venue.
Free Entry

Spiritual Pathways present...
Next Event: Friday 26th February, 7pm, £5. More details coming soon.
A series of readings and mini-lectures inspired by favourite classic texts. Organised by Stuart Goodwin, for more details or to book please contact him on 07731790754 or at the.path@live.co.uk

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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