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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 Autumn & Winter Events leaflet here

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

Somme 100 - En Masse Painting Event
Saturday 1st October, 11am - 1pm
Drop in and decorate a soldier who will become one of 19,240 representing those who fell in the first day of the Battle of the Somme as part of a magnificent art installation at the National Memorial Arboretum. Find out more about JRR Tolkien's friend Rob Gilson who visited Johnson's Birthplace in 1915 and was one of the 19,240.
Free event for all ages

Half Term Fun!
Thursdays 27 October & 23 February
11.00am & 12.00pm
Get creative in hands-on arts and craft activities for the half-term holidays
£2, booking advised

Soaring Curiosity: James Sadler, the first English Aeronaut, and some Lichfield connections
Saturday 29th October 2016, 2pm
Illustrated talk by Mark J. Davies, Oxford historian and biographer of the ‘King of all Balloons’, James Sadler: pastry cook and pioneer of flight, which fascinated Johnson and Erasmus Darwin.
Free but booking required

History Workshop: The Routes of Lichfield
Saturday 5 November 2pm
Friendly discussion and archive session giving a glimpse into the history of transport from paths to roads and rails
£4 please Contact Us to book

Samuel Johnson’s Christmas Light Night
Sunday 27th November 3.30pm – 6.00pm
Warm-up with festive refreshments and activities before the Lichfield lights switch-on
Free entry

The Johnson Family Christmas
Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December 11am – 3.30pm, free
Festive music, displays, refreshments and activities for all ages in a Christmas party in beautiful historic surroundings
Free entry

The Fountains: A Fairytale
Sunday 11 December
Discover Johnson’s fairy tale, published 250 years ago, in an enchanting reading to appeal to all ages. Including refreshments.
£6, children free (up to 2 per adult, then £2) please Contact Us to book

Regular Events

Bookworms United!
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

Birthplace Writers Group
Second Saturday of the month, 2pm (please note there is no meeting in August)
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

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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