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FRANCIS BARBER: JAMAICAN SLAVE AND SAMUEL JOHNSON'S HEIR

Thursday 21 May, 7pm (doors open at 6.15pm)
A lecture by Michael Bundock
Tickets: £10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine)

This talk will explore the remarkable life of Francis Barber, the former slave who became the servant, and eventually the heir, of Samuel Johnson, the leading man of letters of his time.
The story of Barber’s life sheds light on the experience of the black population in Britain, at a time when slaves had yet to win their freedom, and at the same time deepens our understanding of Samuel Johnson.

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Michael Bundock is author of the biography, The Fortunes of Francis Barber, to be published May 2015. He is a Director of Dr Johnson's House Trust, and former editor of The New Rambler, annual journal of the Johnson Society of London.

Adapted image of 'A Literary Party at Sir Joshua Reynolds's'

Image adapted from A Literary Party at Sir Joshua Reynolds'

SLA'VERY. n.s. [from slave]
Servitude ; the condition of a slave ; the offices of a slave.

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'MADE ACCORDING TO THE MODE': OBTAINING CLOTHES IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LONDON

Thursday 4 June, 7pm (doors open at 6.15pm)
A talk by Beatrice Behlen
Tickets: £10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine)

This talk will provide an introduction to the clothes worn by London's 'middling sort' and where these could be obtained and paraded in the capital.

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Ever since discovering the dress history section of her parents’ encyclopaedia, Beatrice has been studying or working in some way or other in the fields of fashion, dress history, design and art, mostly in museums and art colleges, including Historic Royal Palaces and, at present, she is Senior Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London. She is particularly curious about people, their biography and how it relates to the things they have left behind.

Part of the Huguenot Summer festival.

Huguenots of Spitalfields

Suit from the Seymour Lucas collection at the Museum of London, c.1774-1776

Male suit from the Seymour Lucas Collection at the Museum of London, 1774-1776 (ID no: A7557)

FA'SHIONABLE. adj. [from fashion]
2. Made according to the mode.

Rich, fashionable robes her person deck;
Pendants her ears, and pearls adorn her neck.
(Dryden)

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'LIBERTEAS' AT DR JOHNSON'S HOUSE

Sunday 14 June, 3 - 5pm
No booking required!
Tea is free after usual admission charge

On the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, join us for a cup of tea and a chat in the Parlour that was once privy to Dr Johnson's own tea-parties and conversations.

A self-professed "hardened and shameless" tea-drinker, Johnson was equally enthusiastic on the subject of rights and freedoms, maintaining an opposition to slavery in an age where it was ubiquitous. Enjoy a free cuppa from 3pm, before exploring the four floors of this Georgian townhouse and learning more about the remarkable life of Johnson's black servant and friend, Francis Barber.

Part of the nationwide LiberTeas event.


The Parlour of Dr Johnson's House

LI'BERTY. n.s. [from liberte, French; libertas, Latin.]
1. Freedom, as opposed to slavery.
2. Exemption from tyranny or inordinate government.

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DR JOHNSON WALKS

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

1st Wednesday of each month, 3pm

Next walks:

Feb 4, March 4, April 1

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

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