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The Birthplace collection contains over 8000 objects including books, fine art, manuscripts and archive material relating to Johnson and his circle. The whole collection is available to search here: enter our collections site

Please see the 'Tips for Searching', and contact us if you require any assistance.  

You can also view our painting collection on the Art UK website.

Our pre-1800 books can be searched on the British Library's 'English Short Title Catalogue' at To see our holdings choose 'Search the ETSC', 'Browse Libraries' and search for 'The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum'. More records are being added regularly.

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Quotation markI should as soon have thought of building a man of war, as of collecting such a museum

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