Children’s Book Sale

Monday 19th July -Thursday 29th August

Join us during the summer holidays for our first ever Children’s Book Sale. We’ve collected lots of second-hand children’s books and we’ll be featuring them in the Museum’s historic bookshop with a charming automata window display. From older classics to contemporary stories, there will be plenty of books for little ones (and big ones!) to enjoy. If you have any children’s book that you’d like to donate, we’d like to hear from you!





Summer Fun: Lichfield Legends

Every Thursday in August Sessions from 11am-2:15pm

Child ticket £3.50

During the summer holidays, we'll be hosting a series of children's craft activities! Each session will focus on ‘Lichfield Legends’, including David Garrick, Erasmus Darwin and our man of many words himself. We will be limiting sessions to prebooked tables (with no minimum and maximum of 6 per table, including adults). Children must be accompanied by an adult and tickets cost £3.50 per child. Book your space/table by calling us on 01543 264972 or emailing us at






Samuel Johnson’s 312th Birthday Celebrations

Saturday 18th September


We’ll be celebrating Samuel Johnson’s 312th Birthday at the place where he was born. On Saturday 18th September, we will be hosting a series of free activities for visitors to enjoy based on Heritage Open Days ‘Edible England’ theme. These will include poetry and storytelling inspired by food, and family craft activities for all to enjoy. Our annual civic ceremony will also take place on Lichfield’s historic Market Square from midday. Free slices of cake are available for visitors while stocks last!

Please note: Our regular events are currently postponed until further notice.

Regular Events

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Words Alive!

Every Saturday

10:30am – 11:45pm

£3.00 per session, £2.00 for siblings. Book a block of 5 sessions for £12 (£10 siblings)

A weekly club for 8-12 year olds who love words! Read, write, create, act and illustrate in the inspiring setting of the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. Try your first session free! 

Please Contact Us to book.


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Birthplace Book Club

First Wednesday of the month, 1pm. Free. 

Friendly and informal group reading along with Radio 4’s Book Club show, new members welcome. 

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Birthplace Writers Group

Second Saturday of the month September - June, 2pm, Free

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 our inspiring venue.

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Latin for Beginners

Tuesdays at 12:45pm (1 hr duration) from September 24th – December 3rd (no session on October 29th)

£5 per session, or book 5 sessions for £20

A friendly small-group course starting from the basics of the ancient language, led by an engaging and experienced life-long educator.


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Poetry Group

Third Thursday of every month

2:00pm, Free

An informal poetry reading and discussion group with a different theme every week.

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