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The museum currently has the following vacancies Office/Wedding Assistant – admin assistant Education co-ordinator – education Co-ordinator


HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson, CBECStJ  presents the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to volunteers at Erasmus Darwin House

Erasmus Darwin House was once the home of Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin and a respected resident of Lichfield for more than 20 years.  Erasmus established and ran a successful medical practice in Lichfield, but in his spare time his interests were many and varied.  He was considered the foremost poet of his day,…


Erasmus Darwin House Herb Garden wins award

The Royal Horticultural Society, which runs the nationwide gardening competition, ‘Britain in Bloom’, has added another gardening opportunity for groups such as ours at Erasmus Darwin House. It is called ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’  and is described as ‘a non-competitive scheme for community groups who want to ‘green up’ local areas – adding some colour to your…


In the Herb Garden this week – Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

 Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)  As this is the last article in the present series for this year, it seemed appropriate to celebrate autumn with a bold splash of colour to raise our spirits. We are probably all familiar with the cheery nasturtium which now comes in a wide variety of reds and yellows and can either…


In the Herb Garden this week – Madder (Rubia tinctorum)

This rather untidy plant (in the Dyer’s Garden) can grow up to 1.5m in height and it climbs with tiny hooks on the leaves and stems. The flowers are very small with pale yellow petals followed by small red to black berries. Madder roots have been used as a vegetable red dye for leather, wool, cotton and silk…