Welcome to Erasmus Darwin House

Erasmus Darwin House is a historic building in the heart of Lichfield and was home to the 18th Century scientist, doctor, inventor, poet, botanist and Grandfather of Evolution, Erasmus Darwin. 



NEW IN 2016

A Year of Lunarcy!

1766 – 2016

We are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Lunar Society with monthly talks, conference, family events and even a son-et-lumiere!



Erasmus Darwin


Matthew Boulton


James Watt


Josiah Wedgwood


















Darwin’s Commonplace Book to appear in

British Museum’s list of 100 objects

The British Museum has included Erasmus Darwin’s original handwritten Commonplace Book in its new online resource ‘Teaching History Through 100 Objects’.

The list, which features objects and sites representative of a broad and varied world history, also includes a Wedgwood tea set, a cannon from the Mary Rose, a medieval game counter, an Egyptian mummy and the statue of a Mayan maize god. Depicted on an illustrated map of the UK, the Commonplace Book is cited as “a valuable source for helping students to understand the intellectual and scientific roots of Britain’s Industrial Revolution.”

For more information on Erasmus Darwin’s Commonplace Book, or on the ‘Teaching History Through 100 Objects’ resource, visit www.teachinghistory100.org/objects/commonplace_book_of_erasmus_darwin

The Commonplace Book is currently on display at Erasmus Darwin House.







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Please note the Winter opening times

Open Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Free admission

How can I help ?

Erasmus Darwin House continues to rely on regular and one-off donations from individuals.

If you would like to support the work of the museum or simply find out more about the Foundation please visit our ‘How can I help?’ page by clicking on the button below.



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Explore Dr Darwin’s spooky cellars and see a hidden part of 13th Century Lichfield!

1st & 3rd Saturday of each month.

All tours start at 2.30pm in reception.

Just £1.50 per person


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20th February

5th March

19th March

To book your place call us on 01543 306260

Email us at enquiries@erasmusdarwin.org