Events


Tea with Mrs. Thrale...?

Saturday 15th June 2024 4:30pm-6:00pm

In Person and Online Event 

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum will be hosting a special event written and performed by popular local storyteller Christine Genders.

Christine Genders transforms into Hester Piozzi, the 18th century diarist, poet, author, and great friend of Samuel Johnson. Piozzi’s writings provide a fascinating insight into the experiences of women during this period.

Pre-booking is essential for this extremely popular theatrical performance.

Tickets cost £9 per person. A cup of tea or coffee is included in the ticket price.

Doors open at 4:30pm, the performance starts at 5:00pm and lasts approximately 1 hour.

We recommend that this event is most suited to those aged 14 and above. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

You can book online here, pay in person at the Museum’s bookshop, or by calling 01543 264 972.

Zoom and Buy Now Watch Later tickets can be purchased here.

Please note that the performance will take place on the first floor of the museum, which can only be accessed by stairs. Due to the building’s Grade I listed status we are unable to install a lift.



 

Summer Fun at Sam’s House

Thursdays throughout summer 2024 11:00am-1:00pm– dates listed below

Join us between 11am and 1pm for a hands-on family craft activity.

Dates: Thursday 25 July, Thursday 1 August, Thursday 8 August, Thursday 15 August, Thursday 22 August, Thursday 29 August.

£2 per child for the craft activity, accompanying adults free. There is a new activity each week.

Booking not essential, drop-ins welcome, however our craft sessions are extremely popular so you may wish to pre-book by visiting our bookshop to secure your place.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Entrance to the Museum is free and we have lots of fun free activities including quill pen writing, colouring-in, and costume to try on.


 

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The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly! – Medicine in Georgian Britain 

 

Wednesday 14 August 2024 7:00pm-8:00pm

 

‘Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.’

- Voltaire

Popular guest speaker Sheelagh James will be exploring the fascinating history of cures, remedies, and medicine in 18th century Britain. 

This humorous and informative one-hour talk is not to be missed!

Tickets cost £10 per person. Pre-booking is essential, spaces are limited. Tickets are non-refundable. 

Doors open from 6:30pm-7:00pm, a complimentary hot drink is served upon arrival. Doors close at 7:00pm, latecomers will not be admitted.

Online booking available from 12 June. Tickets can be purchased in-person at our Bookshop, or by calling 01543 264972.

Please note – we recommend that this talk is not suitable for children under 14. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The talk will take place on the first floor of the museum, which can only be accessed by stairs. Due to the building’s Grade I listed status we are unable to install a lift.


 


Samuel Johnson’s 315th Birthday Celebrations

Saturday 21 September 2024 10:30am-4:30pm

Celebrate Samuel Johnson’s Birthday with lots of fun free activities throughout the day including family crafts, storytelling, and music.



 

Meet the Barber Surgeon  

Saturday 19 October 2024 from 10:30am-4:30pm

Come and meet the 18th century Barber Surgeon! Find out about his medicine and cures from the past. Hear how herbs, leeches, and frogs were used to treat the sick. See his gruesome tools of the trade and hear about bloodletting and amputation!

This is a fun free event, suitable for families, booking not essential.  

Entrance to the Museum is free, donations are most welcome.


 


 

Super Spooky Family Craft Activity

Thursday 31 October 2024 from 11:00am-1:00pm

Join us between 11am and 1pm for a Halloween themed hands-on family craft activity.

£2 per child for the craft activity, accompanying adults free.

Booking not essential, drop-ins welcome, however our craft sessions are extremely popular so you may wish to pre-book by visiting our bookshop to secure your place.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Entrance to the Museum is free and we have lots of fun free activities including quill pen writing, colouring-in, and costume to try on.


 


 

Tales From Beyond the Grave

Thursday 31 October 2024 7:00pm-8:00pm

Local Lichfield storyteller, Christine Genders presents a deliciously chilling collection of stories. Join us for tales of ghosts, hauntings, and mysterious occurrences.

Creepy, poignant, even funny – just don’t walk home alone!

Please note - these stories are not suitable for children under the age of 14.

Tickets cost £12 per person. Pre-booking is essential, spaces are limited. Tickets are non-refundable.

Doors open from 6:30pm-7:00pm, a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink is served on arrival. Doors close at 7:00pm, latecomers will not be admitted.

Online booking available from 12 June. Tickets can be purchased in-person at our Bookshop or by calling 01543 264972.

The event will take place on the first floor of the museum, which can only be accessed by stairs. Due to the building’s Grade I listed status we are unable to install a lift.


 


Birthplace Writers' Group

 Second Saturday of the month, 2pm

Free friendly and informal writing group; new members welcome.

Please contact us on 01543 264972, email sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk, or pop in and enquire about availability at the museum's bookshop. 

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