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Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Address : Breadmarket Street
Town/City : Lichfield
County : Staffordshire
Country : England
Post code : WS13 6LG
Phone : 01543 264972
Web Site :  www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum stands on the Market Square in the heart of the historical Cathedral city of Lichfield. 


staffs sjm2The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum stands on the Market Square in the heart of the historical Cathedral City of Lichfield. A Grade I listed townhouse built in 1707, the beautiful building offers an insight into the life of an 18th century bookseller and his very famous son. Best known as the author of A Dictionary of the English Language in 1755, Samuel Johnson was also a playwright, poet, journalist and editor, and is highly regarded as one of the 18th century's most important men of letters. Johnson spent the first 27 years of his life in the house.

Explore five floors of displays including period room settings, an introductory film, interactive exhibits and hands-on fun for families. In 2017 the Birthplace joins partners across the city to celebrate the 300th Birthday of David Garrick, Johnson's life-long friend and pupil from Lichfield who went on to become the superstar of the Georgian Stage.

In 2017 The birthplace joined partners in Staffordshire and beyond to commemorate the 300th birthday of Johnson's great friend and pupil, David Garrick. The exhibition 'Johnson & Garrick: a Friendship in Constant Repair' travelled to Dr Johnson's House in Gough Square, London where it can be visited until February.
In 2018, events include an exciting collaboration with 'Fired-Up Theatre', an exhibition of exquisite calligraphy over the summer months, and the Lichfield-wide celebrations of Johnson's Birthday in September.


Summer 2018 Events


Blazing Words Glittring Gold Illuminating art from Lichfield CalligraphersBlazing Words, Glitt'ring Gold: Illuminating art from Lichfield Calligraphers -
Saturday 16th June – Friday 31st August, 10:30am-4:30pm Daily, Free:
Beautiful word-based art, inspired by alchemy, metals, treasure and more exhibited around the historic house. Calligraphy by group members from Lichfield, Barton and the Mercian Scribes.


Lichfield Kindness RocksLichfield Kindness Rocks -
Sunday 17th June, 2pm – 4pm, Free:
To celebrate Lichfield's popular 'Kindness Rocks', we are excited to announce that the museum will be hosting a creative workshop for them on Sunday 17th June! Geared towards visitors of all ages, this workshop will aim to teach guests how to make their own kindness rocks to place around the city. The twist however is that these kindness stones will be dictionary themed, and aim to spread the quirky words of Samuel Johnson throughout Lichfield for everyone to enjoy.


Writing Spaces at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace MuseumWriting Spaces at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum -
Saturday 30th June, 2pm – 4pm, Free:
Join the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum for a celebration of writing at an inspiring venue in the heart of the country – the very house in Lichfield where Dr Johnson, famed for his English Dictionary, was born. Hosted by the Birthplace Writing Group and with writing spaces available throughout the historic house, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet up with fellow writing enthusiasts, soak up the atmosphere, and put pen to paper to celebrate National Writing Day!


Summer Fun at Sam's House!-
Every Thursday in the school holidays: 26 July, 2 August, 9 August, 16 August, 23 August, 30 August, 11am & 2pm, £2:
Travel the world with hands-on family craft activities, a different activity on the theme of exploration and discovery every week.Summer Fun at Sams House


Admission is free of charge,
but donations are welcome.

Open Daily
April - September 10.30am - 4.30pm
October - March 11.00am - 3.30pm

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