Join Johnson's 308th Birthday Party

Published: 11 September 2017

Celebration outside 

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum is celebrating the birthday of Lichfield’s most famous son with a free slice of cake for all visitors and activities throughout the day on Saturday 23rd September as part of Lichfield’s city-wide Heritage Weekend.

The Museum on Breadmarket Street will be open from 10.30am – 4.30pm and admission, as always, is free of charge. The beautiful historic house will be decorated by Flower Design of Lichfield and a slice of Birthday cake supplied by local bakery Hindleys will be available for all visitors, while stocks last! Everyone is invited to ensemble on the Market Square for 12 noon when the civic party and Johnson Society members will gather to watch the Mayor lay a wreath on the statue of Johnson, accompanied by traditional hymns from St Michael’s Choir. The ceremony will be followed by an afternoon of entertainment on the Market Square including performances from Intimate Theatre at 12.45pm, the City of Lichfield Concert Band,  the annual Young Town Crier Competition and more.

This year the Birthplace will also be celebrating the birthday of Johnson’s great friend David Garrick, who was born 300 years ago and grew up in Lichfield Cathedral close. Visitors to the Museum can enjoy a great Garrick dressing-up box, complete with stage to perform and hands-on costume activities. Elsewhere in the city, the Old Prison Cells at Lichfield Guildhall will be open on Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday 24th 11am – 3pm. Look out for the ‘Black Country Players’ around the streets on Saturday who will be on the look-out for new recruits to join their regiment!

The Johnson Society will also be marking Johnson’s Birthday with their traditional supper at Lichfield Guildhall on the Saturday evening. Current President, bestselling author Margaret Drabble, will hand over her badge to the President elect Michael Bundock. Bundock is the author of ‘the Fortunes of Francis Barber’, a fascinating account of Johnson’s manservant, the freed slave who became the wordsmith’s heir.

For more information please call 01543 264 972, visit the Museum website at or email