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Events 2015

Summer, Autumn and Winter

Lots of exciting activities and events take place throughout the year at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. From school holiday fun to adult art workshops, exhibitions and drama there is something for all.Click here to download our full Spring & Summer events leaflet. Autumn & Winter leaflet coming soon!

Regular Events

Bookworms United!
Next sessions: Saturdays 29 August, 12 & 26 September
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

Art Workshops
Third Tuesday of each month, 6.30pm
Next Workshop: Tuesday September 15
Create striking paintings and drawings in our monthly mixed media workshops led by award
winning artist Carole Collier. Individual attention in small, friendly sessions with a different theme each month
£10 per session including all materials and refreshments. Contact Us for more details or to make a booking

Birthplace Book Club
First Wednesday of the month, 1pm
Friendly and informal group reading along with Radio 4’s Book Club show, new members very welcome
Free entry. Next meeting: September 2nd, reading 'One Day' by David Nicholls

Guided Tours of Johnson’s Birthplace
First Saturday of the month May – September, 2pm (Next tours: August 1, Sept 5)
Join a lively and entertaining tour bringing the home of Lichfield’s famous son to life
£2.50, booking advised

Summer Events

A Splash of Inspiration: Birthplace artists on display
Saturday 20th June – Monday 31st August, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Encounter striking paintings and unexpected techniques by Art Workshop students displayed around the historic building
Free entry

Summer Fun at Sam’s House
Every Thursday in August, 10.30am – 1.00pm (6, 13 ,20 ,27)
Drop-in arts and crafts fun throughout the holiday. A different activity every week.
£2, just drop-in!

Autumn Events

Samuel Johnson’s 306th Birthday Celebrations
Saturday 19th September
10.30am – 4.30pm
Join us for a slice of cake and explore the art of bookbinding in demonstrations and activities. Plus ceremony and performance on the Market Square from 12pm. Part of Lichfield's Heritage Weekend.
Free entry

The Big Draw: the Story Studio
October 1 to 31, Daily 10.30am-4.30pm, Free
Activities throughout the month for artists young and old, based on this year’s theme ‘every drawing tells a story’
Free entry

The Language of Sculpture
Sunday 18 October, 11am and 2pm
Join sculptor Peter Walker and explore Johnson’s link to sculpture in a talk and walk around the city sculpture trail
£7.50, advance booking advised

Half Term Fun!
Thursday 29 October, 11am-1.30pm
Get creative in Halloween-themed arts and craft activities for the school holiday
£2, just drop in!

Museums at Night: Spiritual Pathways Present… Dracula - the myth that refuses to die
Friday 30 October, 7pm
Talk, readings and post-show discussion over drinks. Fancy dress encouraged but not required!
£5, Please Contact Us to book

History Workshop: Charitable Lichfield
Saturday 7th November 2pm
Friendly discussion and archive session giving a glimpse into the history of the city’s charities
£2.50, Please Contact Us to book

Christmas Events

Samuel Johnson’s Christmas Light Night
Sunday 29th November, 3.30pm - 6pm
Warm-up with festive refreshments and activities before the Lichfield lights switch-on
Free entry

The Johnson Family Christmas
Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 December, 11am – 3.30pm
Festive music, refreshments and activities for all in a Christmas party in beautiful historic surroundings
Free entry



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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