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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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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.

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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

Payment 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.

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