Samuel Johnson. Pic: Stacey Shintani
One of Lichfield’s most famous sons will be remembered at celebrations for Samuel Johnson’s 305th birthday. The Birthplace Museum on Market Street will be serving up a free slice of cake on Saturday (September 20) as part of the fun.
Samuel Johnson. Pic: Stacey Shintani
The day will also see a wreath placed on the statue of Johnson in the Market Square at noon, before Intimate Theatre perform their light-hearted drama Everything you never knew about Dr Johnson. The celebrations form part of Lichfield’s Heritage Weekend. 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. “This year’s Hidden Histories theme is particularly fascinating, we hope visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring the little know side of our museum.” The Johnson Society will also be marking the great man’s birthday with their traditional supper at Lichfield Guildhall in the evening, where current President Peter Martin will hand over his badge to President elect, Professor Jock Murray. Prof Murray is from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and is a specialist in 18th Century medicine and Johnson’s medical history. For more information please call 01543 264 972, visit the Birthplace Museum website or email sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk.

Ross

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