Support Us

Dr Johnson’s House is currently facing the challenge of 2020’s unprecedented closure of the House during the Covid-19 pandemic and the loss of our visitor and events income.

We are a small independent charity and have been welcoming visitors for over 100 years. We rely on the generosity of individuals, companies, organisations and grant-giving bodies to stay open to the public through the year.

We are gratefully for any support you feel able to offer to help sustain the house so that we can continue celebrating the life and legacy of the incomparable Samuel Johnson in the months and years ahead.

Thank you for your generosity.

All donations of any size are welcome to support Dr Johnson's House.

Recent Fundraising: The chair restoration project

Dr Johnson’s House has been welcoming the public through its doors for over 100 years and we aim to offer an engaging and comfortable environment for our viitors to enjoy the House and learn more about Dr Johnson and his life and work. As part of this experience, we provide over twenty historic ladder-back chairs throughtout the house for your comfort. They see a lot of wear and tear and so in 2019-2020 we conducted a fundraising project to restore twelve of them.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant made by the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ 2011 Charitable Trust for restoring the Ladder and Spindle Rush seated chairs in Dr Johnson’s House.

We would like to thank the restorer Anita Vozik, whose expertise restored the chairs, for her time and consideration in bringing this project to fruition.

Current Fundraising: The Basement project

Dr Johnson’s House has been welcoming the public through its doors for over 100 years and whilst it has remained a firm favourite amongst tourists, locals, and Johnsonians around the world, we would love to be able to offer more to those who visit the House. We want to make our collection more accessible to those wishing to carry out research and also allow them to view the collection online.
In order to this we would love to renovate our basement so that we could provide better visitor facilities, storage, and office space so that the collection can be archived and, in time, made available to the public online. You can help us achieve this by donating through the link below. Every donation helps, from £1 to £1000!


Alternatively, you can send a cheque payable to ‘Dr Johnson’s House Trust Ltd’ to The Curator, Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE. Please include the completed form below.


The Royal Oak Foundation

U.S. taxpayers wishing to receive a tax deduction for their gift may contribute to the Royal Oak Foundation recommending that their funds support the work of Dr Johnson's House Trust. Donors will receive an acknowledgement from the Royal Oak Foundation showing the tax-deductible amount of the contribution.

To donate, visit the Royal Oak website for a donation form and further details. When completing the form, please specify that you recommend the fund support Dr Johnson's House Trust.The Royal Oak Foundation is an American not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity incorporated in the State of New York.

Royal Oak members receive free entry to Dr Johnson's House

Gough Square Club (Patrons’ Scheme)

The Gough Square Club was founded in 2011 to mark 100 years since Dr Johnson’s House was saved, restored and opened to the public. The exclusive group of up to 20 members supports the House through an annual subscription which includes a black tie dinner in the Withdrawing Room at Dr Johnson’s House.
For more information please contact the Curator on 020 7353 3745, or email us



Dr Johnson's House historic ladder-back chairs
Restored and retuned to the House for visitors to relax in

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