Recent Events


Winter Lectures 2019–20

Sunday 17 November 2019

The talk by Dr Tom Devlin on ‘18th Century Spoken Language and Regional Accents’ unfortunately had to be postponed because of illness. Instead, Dr Graham Nicholls gave a talk on ‘Four Quotations of Samuel Johnson’.


Johnson Birthday Weekend

14–16 September 2019

The new President, Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, was installed at the Johnson Supper on Saturday, 14 September. A full listing of Birthday Weekend events can be found here.


The Johnson Society Annual Outing 2019

Saturday 30 March 2019

Visit to St John’s Gate and the Museum of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell, London.

Depart Lichfield 8:15am; arrive back in Lichfield 7:30pm.

Total cost, including coach and tour, £25.



Wednesday 20 March 2019 

At the Guildhall, Lichfield, at 7.30pm.

Dr Annette Rubery: ‘Lichfield: Past and Present’


Annual Lecture

Saturday 2 March 2019

At the Methodist Church, Lichfield, at 7.30pm. Admission free – donations welcomed.

A great honour to present one of the greatest Johnson scholars in the world:

Professor Robert DeMaria Jr., Henry MacCracken Professor of English, Vassar College & General Editor of the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson:

‘Was Johnson innumerate?’


Winter Lectures 2018–19

All Winter Lectures start at 2.30pm and are held at Martin’s Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane, Lichfield, WS13 8AY. Admission £3.50. Refreshments available.

Sunday 18 November 2018

Dr Nick Seager: ‘Defoe in Scotland: Propaganda, Espionage, and Union’

Sunday 20 January 2019

Dr Peter Collinge: ‘Aristocratic Women and the Buxton spa experience, 1780–1790’

Sunday 17 February 2019

Dr Malcom Dick: ‘Joseph Priestley’


Other Events

Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 March 2019

At Stowe Pool boathouse, Lichfield, 11am – 3pm. Admission free.

‘Willow Words’

An installation showcasing poetry and prose inspired by Johnson’s Willow, written by visitors to Johnson’s Birthplace over the summer of 2018.


Saturday 9 March 2019

At Stowe Pool boathouse, Lichfield, 12 noon – 12.45pm. Admission free.

‘Lichfield Poets – Readings on the Water’

Poetry readings inspired by Johnson’s Willow and the natural world.


Sunday 7 July 2019, 10.30am and 3.30pm

The Friendship Walk

Following on from 2018’s Willow Walk, this year’s walk will again visit Johnson’s Willow and other places in the area with Johnsonian connections. The emphasis will be on the theme of friendship, inspired by Johnson’s famous comment: ‘A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.’