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).

Themes, in date order, are: Meet Erasmouse, Grow Your Own, Butterflies & Moths and Space & Beyond. Do come along!


As usual, we will be joining in with the City wide celebrations for Heritage Weekend. This year the theme is Hidden Histories and I’m sure there are a few things you don’t know about Darwin House! The House will be free to enter and we’ll have trails for the kids, crafts and a tea room. There will be timed cellar tours at 11am and 2pm and our Curator will be giving special presentations of Darwin’s Commonplace Book at 10.30am, noon and 3pm. All these tour and presentations take place on Saturday only and are free but can be booked to avoid disappointment. Please contact the office for more information.


Our fifth annual seminar day is on Wednesday 8th October between 9.30 & 4pm. This year the theme will be 18th Century Women in Art, Literature & Industry. Speakers will include Dr Kate Isles and Dr Sally Hoban from Birmingham’s Assay Office. As usual, tickets are £25 for the whole day and include all refreshments and a buffet lunch. Tickets are available to book from reception or by calling the office.

We will be holding another Half Term Free Entry period with drop in crafts for kids from Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November. These are free but donations are welcome.

Our increasingly popular Haunting Halloween event is back on Friday 31st October. Please note the slightly earlier time on 5.30-7.30pm. We have the usual ghost stories, trails, crafts and food so bring the family for finger (hot dog) buns and brain burgers!!! Entry is £2 for everyone.


This year we are trying something new. In preparation for Christmas we are running a card making workshop on Thursday 27th between 6 and 8pm. It is suitable for beginners and all materials and instruction will be provided. You will get to take home 3 finished cards and maybe a tag or two if you have time! Places are limited so please book to avoid disappointment. Tickets cost £7 each.


Lichfield Christmas Festival weekend is 6th & 7th of December. There will be lots of things happening around the city, in The Close and by Minster Pool. Here at EDH, we will be holding our Georgian Festivities – an open House of stalls, crafts and festive fun! Do pop along while you’re around doing your Christmas shopping! 10am to 5pm on Sunday 7th December.

Our Christmas Free Entry period will start from Thursday 11th December and run over Christmas and New Year until Sunday 4th January 2015. Why not walk off the turkey or bring some friends along! Usual opening hours apply.

And lets not forge to raise a glass for Darwin’s 283rd birthday

on 12th December!


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 and final workshop is 7th June when the children will turn into rocket engineers and learn about hydraulics and pressure! Check out the exciting 2013-14 programme here! For more information on any of the above events please call 01543 306260.


Friends Events

Bridge Drive – 14th September, 2-5pm

An afternoon of duplicate Bridge for those players with a little more confidence. Refreshments are included.

Beginner Bridge Sessions – back in September!

At last, and by popular request, here are the dates for beginner’s bridgeThe leader of the course will be Gary Glotham and it  will consist of six sessions. They will run on consecutive Tuesdays from Tuesday 9th September until Tuesday 29th October, these dates are inclusive. The time of each session will be from 7.00pm until 9.00pm and there will be sustaining coffee and biscuits on the way. The venue is of course Darwin House. The cost will be £5 per session or the course for £25. The ‘shall I or shan’t I?’ question. Some of you will be wondering about being brave enough and there is absolutely no need to be timid. To spur you on your way and just to make sure that you are happy adding up to 13 and naming clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades, Jayne Titchener and Carol Hannam will run a complementary taster session on Tuesday 2nd September at the same time of 7.00pm until 9.00pm and again this will be at Darwin House.


Pate & Pudding Quiz night – 10th October, 7.30pm

More information on this to follow!

Christmas at Freeford Manor, 12th December, 7.30pm

More information on this to follow!

To take part in any of the Friends events please contact the museum.


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