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Wednesday 15 April, 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
Tickets: £10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine)

To celebrate 260 years to the day since the publication of Johnson's monumental Dictionary, join us for a jolly evening of word games and quiz questions.
How do you define a 'politician'? From which country did the word 'gin' originate? And what on earth is a 'cameleopard'?
Put your thinking caps on and flex your lexis- prizes for the winning teams!

Whether you're a lexicographer, language-lover or completely new to Johnson- all very welcome. Book as a team or put your knowledge to the test as an individual.

Wine will be available to purchase on the evening, with the proceeds going towards Dr Johnson's House.

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Withdrawing Room in the evening

DI'CTIONARY. n.s. [from the Latin.]
A book containing the words of any language in alphabetical order, with explanations of their meaning ; a lexicon ; a vocabulary ; a word-book.

An army, or a parliament, is a collection of men; a dictionary, or nomenclature, is a collection of words. (Watts)

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Thursday 14 May, 5.30 - 8pm
No need to book, do drop in!
Usual admission fee applies (includes a complimentary glass of wine)

Join us on Thursday 14 May for a special chance to discover the historic interior of Dr Johnson's eighteenth-century townhouse, after hours.
Visit all four floors of the House before enjoying a complimentary glass of wine and wiling away a spring evening in our atmospheric Withdrawing Room, as Johnson himself would have done.

Part of the Museums at Night festival.

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Garret in the evening

E'VENING. n.s. [from the Saxon and Dutch.]
The close of the day ; the beginning of night.

Mean time the sun descended from the skies,
And the bright evening star began to rise.

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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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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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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.

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