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Lichfield’s Darwin House Launches Honesty Box Day

Erasmus Darwin House from Beacon Street. Photograph © Annette Rubery.

Most Lichfeldians will know something about Dr Samuel Johnson, but if you’ve never learnt about the life of Erasmus Darwin – grandfather of Charles, who lived in Lichfield from 1756 to 1781 – then the new year brings an excellent opportunity.

The Erasmus Darwin House on Beacon Street, which celebrates Darwin’s life and works, has come up with a new idea: Honesty Box Days. On these days, held once a month, the museum will waive the usual admission fee (£3 adult, concs available) and will instead ask the visitor to contribute whatever they feel they can afford. Alison Wallis, Curator of Erasmus Darwin House, explains:

“As a museum we understand that visitors usually expect free entry however for an independent foundation and a charity, like ourselves, it is not always possible to do that. Our Honesty Box Days gives us the chance to welcome visitors and yet still retain some income on which we greatly rely.”

The first Honesty Box Day is set for Saturday January 29th and is the perfect opportunity to learn about Darwin’s contributions to such wide-ranging fields as physics, chemistry, geology, meteorology, plant growth, nutrition, biology and poetry. For those who haven’t visited the house for some time, both the Erasmus Study Exhibition Room and the Parlour have recently been revamped and now include touch-screen games and interactive quizzes, plus special audio armchairs which play excerpts from Darwin’s poetry.

Check out the Erasmus Darwin House website for details of other Honesty Box Days.

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