You certainly won't come across the above scene (set in the 1700s) if you come on our next outing, but no doubt you will recognise the setting in Lichfield City Centre. We shall be visiting the white building, with its steps and balustrade, to the right of the picture. This is the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in Breadmarket Street. Most people will be aware that he was famous for compiling an English Dictionary, but there is so much more to be discovered about this famous man of letters.
We have therefore arranged to have a guided tour of the Museum on Wednesday, 7th November, starting at 10.45am. This will last about an hour and fifteen minutes, taking us through the house and explaining the history of Johnson's life and his achievements.
If you wish to join us, please complete the attached slip and return it to the Treasurer, 29 Tysoe Drive, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, B76 2UJ. by 31st October, together with a cheque for £5 per person, payable to Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group.
There are many restaurants and cafés in Lichfield should you wish to stop for refreshments afterwards, e.g. Hindleys in Tamworth Street, or Devo Tea next to the Museum, to name just a couple.
Unfortunately the Museum does not have toilets. They have an arrangement with their next door neighbours (a café called Devo Tea) where visitors from the museum are very welcome to use their toilets. The nearest public toilets are located in the Bird Street car park, which can be accessed via a quaint alleyway on your right hand side as you leave the Museum. Simply look for ‘Birds Bakery’ and follow the alley next to it all the way through, then turn right at the end of the car park.
Click here to download the payment slip (for use of SCLHRG members only).