Tours and Talks

Local Heroes of Lichfield Tour – with Lichfield Library

Saturday 28 April 2018 at 10am

To celebrate Staffordshire Day 2018 a walking tour of Lichfield to look at its many local heroes! Discover the life and times of Dean Bickersteth of Lichfield Cathedral, Sir Richard Cooper, John ‘Dumb’ Dyott (the man who shot a Parliamentarian General in the English Civil War!), the ‘Swan of Lichfield’ Anna Seward, and many more!  This gentle walking tour starts at Lichfield Library, lasts one and a half hours and booking is essential. Free refreshments will be available after the talk in the Library, donations are welcome. The tour is run in partnership with Lichfield Library, part of Staffordshire Libraries. Staffordshire Day is organised by the Enjoy Staffordshire team at Staffordshire County Council.

Date: Saturday 28 April 2018

Time: 10am to 11.30pm 

Cost: £5 per person(refreshments available after the tour, donations welcome)

Book:  At Lichfield Library on The Friary, ring 0300 111 8000 or email: lichfield.library@staffordshire.gov.uk  

Sam Johnson and the Lichfield Heroes – with the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum for Staffordshire Day

Tuesday 1 May at 11am and Wednesday 2 May at 2pm

To celebrate Staffordshire Day, Tuesday 1 May, this walking tour of the city features one of Lichfield’s greatest heroes  –  Dr Samuel Johnson –  and also includes some of the people who were his friends and who commemorated his name – David Garrick, Anna Seward, Lord Charnwood and Alderman Gilbert to name but a few! Following the tour, there will be a chance to see an exclusive ’behind the scenes’ display at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and have a walk round the museum itself. The tour will be gentle walking, will last just over an hour with half an hour to look around the museum and display. There are two available dates for this tour:

Tuesday 1 May at 11am and Wednesday 2 May at 2pm.

Staffordshire Day is organised by the Enjoy Staffordshire team at Staffordshire County Council.

Tour cost is £5 per person, tickets are available from the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum on Market Street, Lichfield – ring: 01543 264972 or email: sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk for details

Behind the Scenes History Tour of  Lichfield Library and the Friary School (Wednesday Tour)

Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 10.30am

Lichfield Library on The Friary is due to relocate to St Mary’s in the Market Square  later this year. The Library was the former home to the Friary School (former Girls’ only school, then Comprehensive) from the 1920s to the 1980s and was on the site of the 14th century Franciscan Friary which was destroyed during the reign of King Henry VIII. Take a guided walk round the Library, discovering the history of the original Friary, the story of how the school and the library came to move into the building – and what might happen to it in the future! This is a ‘behind the scenes’ tour taking you into the offices and corridors of the Library that are not usually open to members of the public. This is a perfect tour for former pupils of the Friary School to bring back memories of what it used to look like but is also ideal for those wanting to learn more about the history of Lichfield. The tour lasts one and a quarter hours, followed by free refreshments afterwards (donations are welcome however) .This tour has been run previously and is very popular so early booking is recommended. There is another edition of this tour on Saturday 19 May at 10.30am, please see below.
This tour is in partnership with Lichfield Library, part of Staffordshire Libraries.

Date: Wednesday 9 May 2018

Time: 10.30am

Cost: £5pp 

Book at my calendar page:  Calendar 9 May 2018

The Bridge Tavern and the Lichfield Breweries – a Talk

Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 7pm

The Bitter Suite Micro-Pub on St John Street (by the Railway Bridge) is one of the most historic pubs in Lichfield.  Originally called the Bridge Tavern,  it was a favourite place for train travellers, locals, visitors and community groups, especially football committees and darts leagues! This talk tells you the history of the pub, its landlords and landladies (including the tragic tale of the Gething family)  and also describes the story of the brewing trade in Lichfield, home to two influential breweries, the Lichfield Brewery Company and the Lichfield City Brewery.  This talk lasts an hour, the ticket price includes a free drink of your choice, and some fabulous bar snacks! Spaces are limited and booking is essential and highly recommended!

Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018

Time: 7pm to 8.30pm 

Cost: £15 per person (to include free drink and bar snacks)

Book at my calendar page:  Calendar 16 May 2018

Behind the Scenes History Tour of  Lichfield Library and the Friary School (Saturday Tour)

Saturday 19 May 2018 at 10.30am

Lichfield Library on The Friary is due to relocate to St Mary’s in the Market Square  later this year. The Library was the former home to the Friary School (former Girls’ only school, then Comprehensive) from the 1920s to the 1980s and was on the site of the 14th century Franciscan Friary which was destroyed during the reign of King Henry VIII. Take a guided walk round the Library, discovering the history of the original Friary, the story of how the school and the library came to move into the building – and what might happen to it in the future! This is a ‘behind the scenes’ tour taking you into the offices and corridors of the Library that are not usually open to members of the public. This is a perfect tour for former pupils of the Friary School to bring back memories of what it used to look like but is also ideal for those wanting to learn more about the history of Lichfield. The tour lasts one and a quarter hours, followed by free refreshments afterwards (donations are welcome however) .This tour has been run previously and is very popular so early booking is recommended. There is another edition of this tour on Saturday 19 May at 10.30am, please see below.
This tour is in partnership with Lichfield Library, part of Staffordshire Libraries.

Date: Saturday 19 May 2018

Time: 10.30am

Cost: £5pp 

Book at my calendar page: Calendar 19 May 2018

The Lichfield A-Z – an alphabetic walking tour – part one!

Saturday 26 May 2018 at 11am

Come with me on an ABC walking tour and find out the history of Lichfield via the alphabet! This fun walking tour of Lichfield tells you the history of the cathedral city using the letters of the alphabet to describe the famous people, events and buildings! This first section covers the letters A to M which will take us from A for Ashmole to M for Market Street – you can find out about the letters N-Z on the second part of the tour on Saturday 28 July! Remember – to get the whole picture you’ll need to go on both tours…The tour is gentle walking, lasts one and a half hours and booking is essential.

Date: Saturday 26 May 2018

Time: 11am to 12.30pm 

Cost: £5pp (under 15’s: £3)

Book at my calendar page:  Calendar 26 May 2018

Jane Austen and Lichfield’s Georgian Writers

Saturday 14 July 2018 at 11am

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, take a walking tour of Lichfield to discover her links with the city and learn about the other Georgian writers of Lichfield.  This tour will tell you about Jane Austen and will also feature a number of Lichfield’s Georgian writers, from well known names such as Samuel Johnson; Erasmus Darwin; David Garrick and George Farquhar to lesser known literary figures in Lichfield from the 18th century. The gentle walking tour takes you round Lichfield’s historic city centre streets, lasts one and a half hours and booking is essential.

Date: Saturday 14 July 2018

Time: 11am to 12.30pm 

Cost: £5pp 

Book at my calendar page:  Calendar 14 July 2018

The Lichfield A-Z – an alphabetic walking tour – part two!

Saturday 28 July 2018 at 11am

Come with me on an ABC walking tour and find out the history of Lichfield via the alphabet! This fun walking tour of Lichfield tells you the history of the cathedral city using the letters of the alphabet to describe the famous people, events and buildings! This second, and final, section covers the letters N to Z – remember to book on the first tour on Saturday 26 May if want to spell the whole alphabet though!! The tour is gentle walking, lasts one and a half hours and booking is essential.

 

Date: Saturday 28 July 2018

Time: 11am to 12.30pm 

Cost: £5pp (under 15’s: £3)

Book at my calendar page:  Calendar 28 July 2018

What Lies Below – the gravestones of Lichfield Cathedral

Sunday 19 August 2018 at 11am

On this walking tour around the graveyard of Lichfield Cathedral I’ll be advising people to look down at what lies underneath their feet  and not upwards to the three spires of the cathedral!  
This is the story of some of the people who have their gravestones in the cathedral’s graveyard – who include bishops, deans, vicars, workmen, pub landladies and scholars!
The tour will last an hour and a half and will go around the cathedral graveyard areas (please note: and not into the cathedral itself). Bring suitable clothing and sensible walking shoes as parts of the graveyard are on sloped, uneven lawns.

Date: Sunday 19 August 2018

Time: 11am to 12.30pm 

Cost: £5pp 

Book at my calendar page:  Calendar 19 August 2018

Lichfield in 1918 – World War One Commemoration

Saturday 10 November 2018 at 2pm

November 11 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War. This emotional, respectful and thought provoking tour tells the story of Lichfield in 1918 and includes stories of both home life and life in the trenches as the ‘War to End All Wars’ draws to a close. The tour is gentle walking, lasts one and a half hours, early booking is recommended as this tour will prove to be very popular.

Date: Saturday 10 November 2018

Time: 2pm to 3.30pm 

Cost: £6pp 

Book at my calendar page:  Calendar 10 November 2018