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Our History

Samuel Johnson color painting

Samuel Johnson

Son of a Lichfield book seller, Johnson rose to become one of the greatest literary figures of all time.

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old cup painting decoration

The Collection

Our Collection contains  books, manuscripts, artwork, and objects of art relating to Johnson and his circle.

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Samuel Johnson House dining room with table

17 Gough Sq

An untouched time capsule of the Age of Enlightenment and home of the first modern dictionary.

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key points of Johnson timeline

Johnson Timeline

The key points in Johnson's life noted in sequence.

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Dr Johnson's House Home Team 10 May 2023 staff meeting

The Trust

Since 1911, the Trust has preserved 17 Gough Square for the public.

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Barber, Francis

Johnson's Circle

From giants of the Enlightenment to Johnson's intriguing household, meet Johnson's Circle.

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