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Exhibition-related Events


  • Regular Dictionary Drop-ins during which you can view the exhibition with a Curator and ask questions about the Dictionary and the House will take place on the following dates: 18 July; 8 and 22 August; and 5 and 19 September. Drop-ins will take place at 2:30 aside from the one on July 3 which will be at 1pm. Included with your entry fee.

  • Free entry, lunch and private view will be offered on July 25th at 12:45 through the generosity of the Fleet Street Quarter Business Improvement District for which bookings must be made via their website. Free of charge.

  • Family Days will be held at 2:30 on August 10 and 24 to engage with the exhibition through activities such as word games and creating dictionary definitions using an actual quill pen and hand-made paper. Included with your entry fee.


Further events are being planned from late September onwards including evening tours, a gin tasting, and further talks. Keep checking back for more info!

Lunchtime Lecture - Jane Austen and the Science of Sea-bathing
Thursday, 27th June · 12:45 - 1:30pm. Requires pre-booking.

These lectures form an annual programme of monthly lunchtime lectures to be held here at Dr Johnson's House, kindly sponsored by The Fleet Street Quarter BID. This talk explores Jane Austen’s knowing use of the science behind the Georgian and Regency craze for sea bathing.


‘No person could be really well,’ claims Sanditon’s Mr Parker, ‘without spending at least six weeks by the sea every year’. Emma’s Mr Woodhouse disagrees: ‘the sea is very rarely of use to any body. I am sure it almost killed me once’.

Dr Jane Darcy recently retired from the department of Comparative Literature at King’s College London. She continues to review for the Times Literary Supplement and write film and theatre reviews for The Reviews Hub.



Please note that this month's lecture will not take place at Dr Johnson's House but at 'Assembly'  - an amphitheatre the Fleet Street Quarter has temporarily constructed outside the Maughan Library. Enter via Chancery Lane.  Please arrive a little earlier than usual to ensure you find us - and your lunch! You will also have the opportunity to explore the House afterwards, should you have enough time. The lecture will run 12:45 - 13:45. Please let us know of any dietary requirement at least 48 hours in advance if possible.

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Sponsored by  the Fleet Street Quarter Business Improvement District

View Past lectures on YouTube

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