By the start of the twentieth century, Dr Johnson’s House was empty and derelict. In 1911, the house was bought by philanthropist Cecil Harmsworth, a Liberal MP. He restored it and opened it to the public, building a cottage next door for the resident Curator. In 1929, a Trust was formed to run the House, and in 2007 the charity was incorporated. Dr Johnson’s House is today run by Dr Johnson’s House Trust Ltd, registered charity no 1122396.
Our charitable objectives are:
- to preserve Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, London for the use of the general public
- to advance and encourage learning and scholarship
Cecil Harmsworth was adamant that Dr Johnson’s House should always feel like a home and not a ‘stuffy museum’; therefore he insisted that tea parties and dinner parties should always be welcome. Dr Johnson’s House continues to adhere to Harmsworth’s wishes today.If you would like to support our charity please go to Support Us.