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Children's Weaving Workshop

Saturday 24th November 2pm

Join artist Louise Whittles, whose work 'Dr Johnson's Greatcoat' is exhibited at the House, for a weaving workshop where you will learn how to make your very own woven tapestry letter. Peek into Dr Johnson's Dictionary, pick a word and then Louise will guide you through how to weave your chosen letter! Suitable for age 8 and above.

Please note that places are very limited in this workshop

Tickets - £20

Woven letter

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‘I smell you in the dark’: Johnson and Boswell in Edinburgh

Wednesday 5th December 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

The Edinburgh visited by Dr. Samuel Johnson and Boswell during their famous trek across Scotland differed dramatically from the one captivating tourists today. 
While its status as an important metropolis was about to increase exponentially, the city lacked many of the amenities desired by those then accustomed to prominent locations such as Paris and London.  While Edinburgh residents might prefer to be known for their cultural accomplishments, the squalor that drew attention through much of their city’s past cannot be avoided even today when their history is shared with visitors, just as it could not be hidden when Boswell finally succeeded in bringing Dr. Johnson north.
This talk by Sheila Cavanagh, Professor of English, Emory University, will describe Boswell’s introduction of his home to Dr. Johnson, including this city’s transition into the home of the Scottish enlightenment.

Tickets £10 (Includes a complimentary glass of wine)

Johnson and Boswell print

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‘Women, War and Wassail

Wednesday 12th December 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

Women, War and Wassail marks the centenary of Suffrage, Armistice and the traditions surrounding the winter solstice. Rhyme & Reason, a poetry performance group of professional actors, return to Dr Johnson's House for an evening of reflection and celebration, with poetry from the past and present, including works by Thomas Hardy, Wilfred Owen and Carol Ann Duffy.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Crisis and Christmas.

Tickets £15 (Includes a complimentary glass of wine)
Please click here to book

Women, War and Wassail

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Follow in Johnson's footsteps and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.

1st Wednesday of each month (except Jan.), 3pm

Next walk:

5 December

Groups may also book walks at alternative times. For any enquiries please contact us.

Dr Johnson's Fleet Street - Discover Johnson's life and work in and around Fleet Street and his acquaintances in the area.
Dr Johnson's City - Explore the Fleet Valley, Ludgate Hill and St Paul's Churchyard areas as Johnson knew them.

£5/£4 concessions. No booking required. Meet outside Dr Johnson's House.

This is a joint venture between Dr Johnson's House and the City Guides.

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Johnson and Boswell 'Walking down the High Street' by Rowlandon

Events information

Most events sell out and tickets must be bought in advance. Card payments are processed by PayPal. We regret that we are unable to take card payments over the phone.

Customers wishing to pay by cheque should send a cheque payable to 'Dr Johnson's House Trust Ltd' to Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE. Please include your contact details. We will let you know when your cheque arrives.

Please note the House contains unavoidable steps. For more information about access, please visit our Facilities page.

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