Lectures 2020–21

Please note that the first two lectures of the Johnson Society winter lectures programme on 22 November 2020 and 17 January 2021 will take place online via Zoom. Instructions for the use of Zoom can be found here. Our intention is to hold subsequent lectures, in person, at the venues specified below; if this does not prove possible, we will announce that those lectures will be conducted by Zoom.

If you wish to make a donation for attending a Zoom lecture, please see the lecture donation page here.


Winter Lectures

Sunday, 22 November 2020 (Zoom lecture), 2.30pm (London time)

Tom Devlin: ‘Eighteenth-century Spoken Language and Regional Accents’


Sunday, 17 January 2021 (Zoom lecture), 2.30pm (London time)

Frans De Bruyn: ‘Samuel Johnson on the Value of Commerce: Economics and Morality in the Context of Empire and the Slave Trade’


The following Winter Lectures will start at 2.30pm and will be held at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane, Lichfield WS13 8AY. Admission £3.50 (including tea and cakes).


Sunday, 14 February 2021

Paul Myles: ‘Thomas Paine’


Annual Lecture

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

At the Methodist Church, Tamworth Street, Lichfield WS13 6JJ, at 7.30pm. Admission free – donations welcomed.

Kate Chisholm and Michael Bundock: ‘A “Neutral Being Between the Sexes”: Debating Johnson’s Feminism’



Wednesday, 17 March 2021

At the Guildhall, Bore Street, Lichfield WS13 6LU, at 7.30pm.

Philip Modiano: ‘The Reverend J. L Petit (1801–68): Artist and Leading Opponent of the Gothic Revival’


Johnson Birthday Weekend

Friday, 17 – Monday, 20 September 2021

The President Elect, Posy Simmonds – cartoonist, writer and illustrator – will be installed at the Johnson Supper on Saturday, 18 September


A list of recent events may be found here, while images and videos of past events may be viewed in the Events Gallery.