Link to the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum website

‘Give me your hand; I have taken a liking to you.’

The Johnson Society (Lichfield) extends a warm welcome to everyone with an interest in Samuel Johnson and his age. Though based in Johnson’s native city, the Society has members throughout the UK, and indeed in many other countries around the world, whom we are always pleased to see on visits to Lichfield.

The Society organises various activities, such as lectures and outings (listed in Events); these are reported in our annual publication, The Johnson Society Transactions, which also offers articles on a wide range of relevant topics. For a list of the contents of recent issues, please go to the Transactions page. Further information on the Society can be found in About Us.

If you share our interests and aims (see below), we hope you will consider joining us and becoming a member of the Johnson Society: for details, please visit the How to Join section.



The aims of the Society are to:

  • encourage the study of, and further interest in, the life, works and times of Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), often called ‘Doctor Johnson’ (see About Johnson);
  • preserve the memorials, associations, manuscripts and letters of Johnson and his contemporaries;
  • co-operate with Lichfield District Council and Lichfield City Council in the commemoration of Johnson’s Birthday;
  • encourage the study of local history with particular reference to the 18th century;
  • co-operate with the councils in the preservation of the Johnson Birthplace Museum.