Celebrating 310 years of Samuel Johnson

Published on: Wed, 21/08/2019 - 11:17

Samuel Johnson's Birthday and Heritage Weekend

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum is commemorating 310 years of Lichfield’s great wordsmith this September with a celebration cake to share with all visitors, hands-on historic printing activities and a programme of activities as part of Lichfield’s city-wide Heritage Festival.On Saturday 14th September 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!).

The theme of this year’s Heritage Festival event is ‘People Power’, and the Birthplace will be exploring the theme with a special display of items from the Museum’s collections and a celebration of the power of the printing press. The Small Print Company will be on site all day to lead hands-on, drop-in activities for all ages to enjoy, where visitors can try printing with historic letterpress type and make their own posters.

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 free entertainment on the Market Square including performances by Intimate Theatre, Wildfire Folk, Three Spires Morris, Lichfield Mysteries and the City of Lichfield Concert Band. The annual Young Town Crier Competition will be returning at 2pm, and any young shouters can register at the Visit Lichfield desk in Lichfield Library, and the Guildhall Prison Cells will be open for visitors from 10am – 4pm. The Johnson Society will also be marking Johnson’s Birthday with their traditional supper at Lichfield Guildhall on the Saturday evening. Current President, columnist and author Henry Hitchings, will be handing over his badge to the former Archbishop of Canterbury, The Right Reverend Rowan Williams.

For more information call 01543 264 972, visit the Museum website at www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk or email sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk