DAYS OUT Birmingham Mail ; Graham Young Visits the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in Lichfield

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DAYS OUT Birmingham Mail ; Graham Young Visits the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in Lichfield


WHEN you have children, it pays dividends to save time with a rainy-day Plan B. And if you think of the B as being short for the Birthplace Museum in Lichfield, then you won't go far wrong.

Unlike the Shakespeare equivalent in Stratford, admission to the museum bearing Samuel Johnson's (1709-1784) name is free.

You will even be greeted by three famous faces.

An illustrated notice board proclaims Lichfield as "The City of Philosophers...

during the 18th century, several leading figures of the century were born, educated or lived in the city."

So who were these fine chaps? They include Newark-on-Trent's Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), scientific innovator, poet and grandfather of Charles Darwin. Not forgetting Hereford-born David Garrick (1717-1779), who became the most renowned Shakespearean actor of his day. At Edial Hall, he was one of three pupils taught for a year at a tiny school founded in 1735 by Johnson.

Elizabeth attractive, woman. was a 25-year-failed his humour, made attractive however With little money in their pockets, they both travelled to London in 1737. Johnson later spent nine years writing the first major dictionary of the English language, published in 1755.

The lexicographer compiled 42,773 words, 110,000 quotations and was paid Pounds 1,575 according to a contract signed on June 18, 1746.

Some of the 2,000 copies published went as far afield as American and New Zealand. Others were translated into French and German. At his Birthplace Museum, the small bookshop behind the front door is worth a visit in its own right. Some of the series of small rooms are like those brought to life at the Black Country Living Museum.

Above each door case are sayings like: "Sir, I am obliged to any man who visits me."

Below it is a definition of the word 'free' together with a quote from Macbeth: "Do faithful homage and receive free honours."

Many of the panel notes are lively, too, such as the one explaining how Johnson was a sickly child born to a 40-year-old mother called Sarah, from Kings Norton. …

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