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Birthplace bookworms

 Book club for kids.

Every other Saturday at 10:30am - dates below.

Join us for some reading and crafting with out Birthplace Bookworms! We read a new book every few weeks, taking it in turns to read aloud (not compulsory) followed by a craft activity. Tea & coffee available for adults and squash available for children. We also have optional colouring in and sudoku for adults while the children are engaged.

 Current book: The Last Bear by Hannah Gold


November 25th

December 9th 

All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

This event takes place upstairs. Due to the building's Grade I listed status we do not have a lift.  

To book please call the Museum 01543264 972, or pop in and book at the front desk, email or book online here.

 The Picturesque Beauties of Rowlandson


Daily from Saturday 29 July – Thursday 30 November

Included in Standard Free Entry

 Samuel Johnson travelled the Western Isles of Scotland with James Boswell from August to November 1773.

To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Johnson’s Tour, the Birthplace will be displaying the full set of caricature etchings by celebrated satirist Thomas Rowlandson, after drawings by Samuel Collings, published in 1784. Other collection items relating to Johnson’s Tour will be on display throughout the Museum.


The set of twenty prints will be on display in the Birth Room in four parts, with the display changing in August, September, October, and November. Visit us to see all 4 parts for a special discount to use over Christmas in the Museum shop.

Christmas Light Night

Sunday 26 November, 15:30 - 18:00, Free Entry

Late-night opening for the Lichfield Lights Switch-On with free activities and a great view of the Market Square events. Mulled wine and mince pies available to purchase.

Professor Custard's Toy Workshop!

Saturday 2nd December 11:00am-12:15pm                              

Hands-on activity for the festive season, make a selection of traditional toys to take home!

£4 per child.

This event is extremely popular. Booking required.

Children must be accompanied by an adult, adults free!

This activity can be booked by visiting the bookshop or calling 01543 264972.



Professor Custard's Amazing Automaton Display

 Saturday 2nd December 2023


Free entry, just drop-in!




Johnson Family Christmas 

Sunday 3rd December


Free entry, just drop-in!

Come and see the museum decorated for Christmas.

The Lichfield Lighthouse Company will be bringing festive merriment with two performances.

Storytelling by Christine Genders.

Amazing automaton display.

Festive poetry readings.

Family craft activity and trail.

Regular Events

Birthplace Bookworms!

Fortnightly Saturdays

10:30am-11:40am, £3.50 per child

Discounts available for groups

Our fortnightly reading club for 7–11 year-olds! Read along and enjoy themed craft activities. Booking is required. Online Booking and more information can be found here

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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. Please contact us for more details.

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Latin for Beginners

Term-time Tuesdays at 12:45pm 

£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. Contact us to find out more about joining

Birthplace Writers Group

Second Saturday of the month 

2pm, Free

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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