Over the Easter school holiday the museum will be free to enter! Not only that, but we’ll also have some kids crafts and Easter trail for the little ones to keep them busy. Again, no need to book, just come along.

April is also the month of our 15th Anniversary as a museum. Erasmus Darwin House opened to the public on 8th April 1999 and this month we will be holding a series of special events to mark the occasion. We are pleased to announce TV personality Adam Hart-Davies will be the special guest at our Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Guildhall on 9th April. Tickets for this are £35 and include a three course meal and complimentary drinks.


You can now download the events programme for information on our other events! We have something for everyone and, since some events have limited availability, we advise booking in early.

On Saturday 26th April we’ll be holding a new event #EDLive, which aims to promote interaction with history through social media. Matthew Ward, as seen in TV series Horrible Histories, will be leading the event and helping us with twitter and facebook. We’ll have a tweet wall to show real time updates and a Wikipedia editing space. Don’t worry if you’re not technologically minded, you can still join in by getting dressed up in Georgian costume and having your photo taken! So bring in your gadget – your phone, camera or tablet – and get involved! 11 to 5pm, FREE ENTRY!


The national event Museums at Night runs in May and this year we’ll be celebrating it by holding our very first Pork Pie & Pint event. This will give you a chance to visit the House for an exclusive evening viewing, enjoy music, a cellar tour and food & drink. You will need to book your group in as cellar tours are timed. The evening on Saturday 17th May runs from 7pm to 9.30pm with food being served all night. Tickets are £8 adult, £6 child.


If past Fathers Days at Darwin House have been anything to go by, the way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach! Which is why we’re repeating our Pork Bap & Beer event on 15th June between noon and 3pm. Just drop in any time for a wonderful lunch – and if the kids don’t fancy pork, we’ll have sausages and burgers available too!


Our now annual free entry season over the summer holidays starts this month on 29th July and runs until 7th September. If you are a local resident this period offers you a fantastic opportunity to reacquaint yourself with the heritage on your doorstep. The usual opening hours apply and, of course, we rely on every penny we can make so your donations would be gratefully received.


Wacky Wednesdays have been running for about 5 years now and continue to be a popular event. We hope you and the kids can join us again this year for another four fantastic weekly craft sessions. The dates are 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th August and the two sessions will run from 11.30-1pm and 2-3.30pm. Booking is advised, although not essential. Cost is £2 per child (suitable for ages 5-12).


Science on Saturdays is a monthly workshop for children aged 7-11 and continues for 2013/14 from Saturday 5th October. All welcome although booking is advisable as we get full fast! Our next workshop is 5th April. Check out the exciting 2013-14 programme here!For more information on any of the above events please call 01543 306260.

The Lichfield Whats On events brochure for Autumn/Winter 2013 can be downloaded here. The Spring/Summer brochure will be available soon.