Dr Johnson's Birthplace sign. Pic: Elliott Brown
Free cake will be on offer as The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum celebrate’s the birthday of one of Lichfield’s most famous sons. The Breadmarket Street attraction will be welcoming guests to share the fun tomorrow (September 21) from 10.30am to 4.30pm. As well as cake from Hindleys, the historic house will also feature flower displays by local florist Flower Design by Kate. At noon the Mayor of Lichfield and the Johnson Society will lay a wreath at the statue of Johnson to the sound of traditional hymns. The birthday celebrations are part of Lichfield Heritage Weekend and visitors to the museum can experience Johnson’s Georgian Jungle, where they will hear animal tales inspired by the weird and wonderful creatures found in his dictionary. They can also follow an amazing animals trail through the house and use their imaginations to make unusual animal story puppets. Jo Wilson, from the Birthplace Museum, said: “We always look forward to celebrating Johnson’s birthday and joining in with all of the historic sites in Lichfield to celebrate our heritage.” For more information call 01543 264 972, visit the Museum website at www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk or email sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk.


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