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Hidden gems set to be discovered at Lichfield Heritage Weekend

Patricia Holtof and Emily Robinson at last year’s Lichfield Heritage Weekend

Patricia Holtof and Emily Robinson at last year’s Lichfield Heritage Weekend

The discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard will be celebrated at this year’s Lichfield Heritage Weekend.

Taking place on September 18 and 19, the event will see visitor attractions such as Dr Milley’s Hospital, The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield Heritage Centre, Lichfield Record Office (in Lichfield Library), St John’s Hospital Chapel and Lichfield Cathedral welcome visitors for free.

There will also be activities and events in Lichfield’s Market Square throughout the weekend, including free face painting, dressing up, and a special treasure trail – with the chance to win tickets to Trentham Monkey Forest.

Plays and activities, such as Aspire Drama Group’s five minute production of The Complete History of Lichfield, the unveiling of a new sculpture at Tesco and walking tours will also take place during the weekend.

Councillor Louise Flowith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, said:

“Lichfield Heritage Weekend is a chance to celebrate Lichfield’s diverse history. This year’s theme of Hidden Gems is very fitting, considering the many treasures that are waiting to be rediscovered. The weekend is a wonderful opportunity to visit the city’s attractions and to enjoy the free entertainment and activities on offer.

“This special event could not take place without our fantastic visitor attractions and many local volunteers and groups, so a big thank you must go to everyone for their support.”

Among the events taking place are:

  • Dr Milley’s Hospital, on Beacon Street, is opening its doors to the public on September 18, from 10am to 4pm. Built in the 16 century, it is one of the oldest buildings in the city and has many interesting tales to tell.
  • The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum is celebrating Dr Johnson’s birthday and giving out free cake from 1.30pm on September 18. On the same day there will also be a drop-in hat making workshop running from 12.30pm to 4,30pm, and talks about Johnson’s love of tea at 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
  • Erasmus Darwin House is going all prehistoric with a Jurassic adventure to search the house for the illusive Erasmasaurus. There will also be Georgian children’s games, the chance to dress up as a Georgian, and spooky cellar tours for £1.
  • Lichfield Heritage Centre will be looking at Lichfield in the 1940s. There will be the chance to discover a ‘treasured’ object from the attic, play 1940s games, see 1940s re-enactors telling stories from the period, take part in children’s crafts, and see a special 1940s exhibition. There will also be a tea dance on September 18 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, and Sunday Swing on September 19 at 12.30pm and 2pm, when visitors can relax to swing music from local singer Simon Partridge.
  • Lichfield Cathedral will be showing off its treasures on special guided tours. Taking place on September 18 at 12.30pm, and September 19 at 1.30pm and 2.15pm, the Treasures Cathedral tour will take in the Lichfield Angel, the Lang Commission silver and Victorian glass. There will also be a tour of The Close at 2.30pm on the Saturday to discover this medieval close’s past and present. These tours cost £1 and can be booked by telephoning Lichfield Cathedral on 01543 306150.
  • Christ Church is open on September 18 from 10am to 4.30pm with the opportunity to view the Pre-Raphaelite ceiling paintings by John Dixon Batten.
  • St John’s Hospital Chapel will open on September 18 from 9am to 5pm for guided tours of the Chapel.

To see the full programme pick up a leaflet from Lichfield Tourist Information Centre in the Lichfield Garrick or download one from

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