Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace to re-open next week

Published on: Tue, 07/07/2020 - 13:16

Samuel Johnson Birthplace re-opens

One of Lichfield’s favourite tourism attractions will be re-opening next week after 117 days of closure due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum on the Market Square will be opening doors to visitors again from 10.30am on Tuesday 14th July. The Museum will be free to enter as usual, but tickets must be booked in advance.

Museums & Heritage Officer Jo Wilson said: “we know from the messages of support we have received during closure that Johnson’s Birthplace holds a very special place for many people, and we are delighted to be able to open our doors again. We feel that it is important to be careful and gradual in our reopening, so the numbers that we will be able to welcome to our small building will be limited and our bookshop will only be available to Museum visitors at first”

Other measures introduced at Johnson’s family home include: Social distancing markers, route markings and signage to help visitors travel around the historic building safely; one-way entrance and exit doors; Contactless payments encouraged and hand sanitiser at the entrance. The Museum has also been certified under the ‘Good to Go’ mark, a scheme run by Visit England.

Interactive activities have been removed to avoid contact between visitors, but printable activities for families can be downloaded from the Museum website, along with international language guides. Large print versions of information will be available to pick up and take away from the Museum.

“Visitors will find a few changes that we have brought in to ensure that we keep them and our team safe, but you can rest assured that you will still receive the same warm welcome as always”

For more information and to book your free visit go to the Museum’s website at www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk. Contact the Birthplace team on 01543 264 972 or email sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk