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Erasmus Darwin House

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Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom

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March 2018

Easter Weekend

31st March 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2nd April 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Come and join us for our Easter Weekend from 31st March to 2nd April from 11 am to 4 pm. To include Tea Room, Tours, children's activities. Free-small charge for some activities.

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April 2018

Book folded Critters by Ollie Bobs

4th April 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Join us for some fun in the Easter holidays to make a book folded Bug!!  To be held on 4th April 2018 from 10 am to 11 am with admission fee £5 per child.

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Cellar Tour

7th April 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Saturday, repeating until 27th October 2018

Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£2.00

Our Cellars are extremely interesting as they can only be accessed by a guided tour, these offer an insight into other aspects of the house from medieval times up to the life of Erasmus Darwin himself, and it is believed it may have been where bodies were stored in readiness for dissection-so there is the spooky factor rolled in too.

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Clay Play

10th April 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£2.00

Come along and make springtime animals out of clay. No need to book just turn up!  £2.00 per child. Suitable for all ages, children to be accompanied by an adult. Plus other children's activities throughout the museum. tel. 01543 306260.   enquiries@erasmusdarwin.org

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Rag Rug Workshop by Ollie Bobs

11th April 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Come along to this sociable and relaxing workshop and brighten up your home with a handmade Rag Rug. Sarah from Ollie Bobs will be on hand to help you get in touch with your creative side and tea,coffee and cake will also be in ready supply! On Wednesday 11th April 2018 from 1030 am to 1230 pm. Admission £35 per person.    

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May 2018

Museums at Night

17th May 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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As part of the national Museums at Night programme, Erasmus Darwin House will open its doors to visitors after hours. This is a wonderful chance to see this magnificent Georgian house in all its after-dark glory. Costumed guides will be available in the house and cellar to provide information on Erasmus Darwin and the house.  Refreshments will be available in the Lunar room Adult £3 Children £1.50   Booking Recommended

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June 2018

Button Brooches Workshop by Ollie Bobs

2nd June 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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In a delightful workshop Sarah from Ollie Bobs will be pleased to show you how to make a super sweet Button brooch using vintage buttons. All materials are supplied. £20.00 per person.  

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Cellar Tour

9th June 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£2.00

Our Cellars are extremely interesting as they can only be accessed by a guided tour, these offer an insight into other aspects of the house from medieval times up to the life of Erasmus Darwin himself, and it is believed it may have been where bodies were stored in readiness for dissection-so there is the spooky factor rolled in too.   Fully Booked

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Paper Roses Wreath Workshop

20th June 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£20

Join Olliebobs Learn how to make paper roses then how to attractively display them – all materials provided including refreshments.  Booking Essential  

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Garden Weekend

30th June 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1st July 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Join our team of gardeners to explore the beautiful herb garden.  Learn more about the 18th century use of herbs on our garden tours, £2 per person.  Meet the team from Neal's Yard to find out how herbs are used in their remedies and see those herbs growing in the garden. Children can try crafts with our artist in residence Hannah Golding or try out the garden trail. Why not plant a herb garden of your own, with plants from our…

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July 2018

Ruffle Wreath Workshop by Ollie Bobs

7th July 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£20

Using a selection of prepared fabrics, Sarah from Ollie Bobs will help you create a stunning wreath for your home. All materials supplied. Booking essential.Cost £20 per person.    

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Hansons Valuation Day

20th July 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Books, Maps,Paintings & Antiques Valuation Day With Adrian Rathbone (Director)& Jim Spencer (Head of Books) Friday 20 July 2pm - 4pm at Erasmus Darwin House Beacon Street, Lichfield WS13 7AD Donations in aid of Darwin House Refreshments available For further information please contact Adrian Rathbone on 07843 061921 arathbone@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk The Auction Centre, Heage Lane, Etwall Derbyshire DE65 6LS service@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk www.hansonsauctioneers.co.uk Regulated by RICS

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Olliebobs Book Folded bugs and hedgehogs

27th July 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Create a beautiful book folded bug or hedgehog with Sarah from Olliebobs.  Suitable for adults or children.  £5 per person, booking essential.

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August 2018

Olliebobs Book Folded Fairy House or Hedgehog

2nd August 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Join Sarah from Olliebobs to make a beautiful book folded fairy house or hedgehog.  Suitable for adults and children, booking essential.  £5 per person.

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Olliebobs – Felting workshop

18th August 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Join Sarah from Olliebobs to make a felted picture or brooch.  Suitable for adults.  £20 per person, booking essential.  

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Cellar Tour – cancelled

18th August 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£2.00

Our Cellars are extremely interesting as they can only be accessed by a guided tour, these offer an insight into other aspects of the house from medieval times up to the life of Erasmus Darwin himself, and it is believed it may have been where bodies were stored in readiness for dissection-so there is the spooky factor rolled in too.

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Fashions and Passions Garden Tour

26th August 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£2.00

Fascinating tour of the herb garden, with stories of the ‘Fashions and Passions’ of the 18th century garden, namely gin, opium, snuff and, more seriously, the drug Digitalis from foxgloves. Booking recommended

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Lunar Lecture: Mary Wortley Montagu by Rosie Mayer

26th August 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£5.00

Join us for this lecture delivered by Rosie Mayer with regard to Mary Wortley Montagu -Traveller and pioneer of vaccination.Location to be advised. £5.00 per person, booking essential. 01543 306260 This event is fully booked It will be held at Erasmus Darwin House.  Please enter the house using the front gate as access to the Close will be restricted.

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September 2018

Olliebobs Paper Rose Wreath

6th September 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£20

Join Olliebobs Learn how to make paper roses then how to attractively display them – all materials provided including refreshments.  Booking Essential

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Dr. D’s Science Club

8th September 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£4

Bridge Building Challenge  Rocket Man Mark returns with a new challenge: who can build the strongest bridge?   Children aged 7-11 Ticket reductions for siblings. Children are fully supervised, but adults may attend with their children if they wish.

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Heritage Weekend

22nd September 2018 @ 11:00 am - 23rd September 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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FREE

Join the team at Erasmus Darwin House as we celebrate heritage weekend. Learn more about some of the remarkable women in science and literature over  the last 100 years. Erasmouse hunt 50p Launching our new children's trail for older children 50p Pop up tea room with home made cakes Free Drop In Art Workshop with Hannah Golding 23 September 11am to 3pm Launch of our photograph competition Cellar tour £2 https://www.erasmusdarwin.org/event/cellar-tour-6/2018-09-22/ Fashions and Passions Garden Tour £2 https://www.erasmusdarwin.org/event/fashions-and-passions-garden-tour/

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Olliebobs Folk Art

22nd September 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Join Sarah from Olliebobs to try your hand at folk art.  Make lovely cards or coasters.  £15 per person, suitable for adults or older children. £15 per person, booking essential.

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Fashions and Passions Garden Tour

23rd September 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£2.00

Fascinating tour of the herb garden, with stories of the ‘Fashions and Passions’ of the 18th century garden, namely gin, opium, snuff and, more seriously, the drug Digitalis from foxgloves. Booking recommended

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October 2018

Robert Peel and Middleton Hall

3rd October 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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The Friends of Darwin House are delighted to be able to invite you to an illustrated talk on Robert Peel and Middleton Hall, given by Nigel Morris. We would suggest a donation of £10 Wine and nibbles will be served. Arrival 7.15 pm for 7.30pm start. To book a place please forward a cheque made payable to 'Friends of Darwin House', together with your name and telephone number to Carol Hannam 52 Kensington Oval, Boathouse Field, Lichfield, WS13 6NR

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Olliebobs Button Brooch

12th October 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Join Sarah from Olliebobs to create a beautiful button brooch.  £15 per person, booking essential.

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Dr. D’s Science Club

13th October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£4

Colours from Nature  Make paints and dyes from plants and other natural resources. Warning: this could be messy!   Children aged 7-11 Ticket reductions for siblings. Children are fully supervised, but adults may attend with their children if they wish.  

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Anna Seward Sewing Group

15th October 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Join our friendly group who make and repair our beautiful Georgian costumes. Individuals with all levels of experience are welcome.  The group meet on the third Monday of each month and tea, coffee & biscuits are provided.

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Seminar Day – Lunar Women

24th October 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£35

Breaking Barriers:Women, Science & History Over a century ago, the physicist Hertha Ayrton declared: "I do not agree with sex being brought into science at all.  The idea of "woman and science" is completely irrelevant.  Either a woman is a good scientist, or she is not".  Her ideal vision of equality has still not been achieved, but putting women back into scientific history can help to explain modern attitudes. Featuring Newtonianism for Ladies - Patricia Fara Ada lovelace: The making…

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Halloween Event

27th October 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£2.00

Lots of Halloween fun at Erasmus Darwin House Visit the spooky cellars for children's halloween themed activities. Halloween pumpkin trail Ghost stories in the parlour from 1.30 pm Children's face painting £3   Pop up tea room £2.00 for children.  Adults free.

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Halloween Cellar Tour

27th October 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£5.00

Join us for a tour of the cellars followed by a glass of wine and mince pie.

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November 2018

Friends of Erasmus Darwin House Bridge Drive

4th November 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Join the 'Friends' for a bridge drive. Bridge Drive. Sunday, 4th November, 2018 2.00 – 5.00pm, at Erasmus Darwin House   An afternoon of happy and light hearted rubber bridge, tea and cakes, prizes for the winning pair, no booby prizes, disputes or post mortems! Let us know if you require a partner. Please contact Jayne on 01543 253326 for more details or download the attached form. Bridge Drive Flyer 2018

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Dr. D’s Science Club

10th November 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£4

How to Mummify Egyptian Pharaohs  Find out about how the Ancient Egyptians made mummies, and try some mummification yourself. (don't worry, this doesn't involve bodies!)   Children aged 7-11 Ticket reductions for siblings. Children are fully supervised, but adults may attend with their children if they wish.  

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Olliebobs Christmas Rag Wreath Workshop

17th November 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Join Sarah from Olliebobs to create a beautiful Rag Wreath, which can be used year after year to decorate your house at christmas.  £20 per person, booking essential.

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Olliebobs Book Folded Trees and Angels Workshop

24th November 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Get into the festive spirit with Sarah from Olliebobs.  Make a beautiful book folded angel or christmas tree.  £7.50 per person, booking essential.

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Cellar Tour

24th November 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£5

Find out more about part of the house not normally open to visitors.  Our guide will tell you the history and uses of the cellars, followed by a glass of wine and mince pie.

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December 2018

Doctor Darwin’s Birthday Bash

15th December 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Help us celebrate Erasmus Darwin's birthday.  The house will be decorated for christmas, and you can join in with the visiting carol singers or try the tombola.  There will be children's christmas craft activities and  lucky dip,  and a christmas trail to keep the children busy ( for those a little older, the picture trail).  The Bower Queen will cut the birthday cake at 11am.  Pop up tea room. Pre loved book stall, book blind date. Plenty of festive fun!…

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Dr. D’s Science Club

15th December 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Free

Dr. Darwin's 287th Birthday  Join us as we celebrate Dr. D's birthday! Come along to share some birthday cake and to take part in free drop-in activities.   Children aged 7-11 (All children must be accompanied by an adult for this event)  

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Cellar Tour

15th December 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£5.00

Find out more about part of the house not normally open to visitors.  Our guide will tell you the history and uses of the cellars, followed by a glass of wine and mince pie.

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Cellar Tour

15th December 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£5.00

Find out more about part of the house not normally open to visitors.  Our guide will tell you the history and uses of the cellars, followed by a glass of wine and mince pie.

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January 2019

Friends of Erasmus Darwin House Bridge Club – CANCELLED

8th January 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until 30th June 2020

Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£3.50

Join the 'Friends' at their fortnightly bridge club. £3.50 For details please call Jayne on 01543 253326

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Dr. D’s Science Club

12th January 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£4

Astronomy: why we love it  You'll love astronomy even more after this exploration of stars and space.   Children aged 7-11 Ticket reductions for siblings. Children are fully supervised, but adults may attend with their children if they wish.  

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February 2019

Dr. D’s Science Club

9th February 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£4

The Future of Materials Make a crash helmet for an egg and discover how materials might change and develop in the future.   Children aged 7-11 Ticket reductions for siblings. Children are fully supervised, but adults may attend with their children if they wish.  

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March 2019

Dr. D’s Science Club celebrates British Science Week

16th March 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Free

            British Science Week: Meet the Scientists Join us for our annual celebration of British Science Week where our theme is Journeys Learn about  journeys through a body - how does soil pass through an earthworm? How does food pass through the human gut? Take a journey through the galagagos islands,  learn more about the planets in a journey through space or take a journey through the house with our children's trail. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust will…

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April 2019

Easter Celebrations at Erasmus Darwin House

20th April 2019 @ 11:00 am - 22nd April 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Visit us this Easter to see our beautiful herb garden and our new Darwin Legacy Sculpture created by local artist Hannah Golding.  The exhibition on the creation of the sculpture is also available to view in our exhibition room. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust will be here on Saturday and Monday - and see if you can spot any of the wildlife we noticed earlier today. We also have Easter trails for the children and the dressing up (for adults and children).…

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May 2019

Hansons Valuation Day

24th May 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd will be at Erasmus Darwin House from 2-4pm offering valuations on books, maps, stamps and antiques with donations in aid of Erasmus Darwin House.  Anyone who would like a valuation should report to the desk at the house, where you will be provided with a numbered ticket and seen in order.

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July 2019

Lichfield Society of Artists Garden Art Exhibition

5th July 2019 @ 11:00 am - 14th July 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Over the past few months the Herb Garden at Erasmus Darwin House has provided inspiration for The Flower Painting Group of the Lichfield Society of Artists. They have been working in a variety of media to depict the various plants and views in the garden. They will present an exhibition of their work in the house from 5 to 14 July as part of the Herb Garden Festival. Some of the artists will be demonstrating their skills on Tuesday 9 July. Do…

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Try your hand with the Walsall Spinners and Weavers

7th July 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on 10th July 2019 at 11:00am

Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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FREE

Try your hand with Walsall Spinners and Weavers - a group dedicated to the crafts of hand-spinning, weaving and the fibre arts in general. Display of hand-dyed fabrics.

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‘view the wonders of my inchanted garden’

8th July 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on 11th July 2019 at 11:00am

One event on 13th July 2019 at 3:00pm

One event on 25th August 2019 at 3:00pm

One event on 26th August 2019 at 3:00pm

Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£5.00

Join us for a guided tour of the Herb Garden and hear about the curious and sometimes terrifying use of plants in 18th century medicine. Tickets available at the door (booking recommended to avoid disappointment).

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Lichfield Society of Artists Demonstration

9th July 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Come and watch some of the members of the Lichfield Society of Artists demonstrating flower painting in the Exhibition Room

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‘Growing Your Own Flavour’ by Andrew Perry of Urban Herbs

11th July 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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FREE

Join us for a presentation by Andrew Perry of Urban Herbs in Birmingham. Andrew specialises in unusual herbs and spices and is passionate about the benefits that a growing lifestyle can bring. Booking recommended to avoid disappointment.

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A day with Neal’s Yard Remedies

12th July 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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FREE

A day with Neal’s Yard Remedies – pioneers in creating award-winning natural, organic products, all based on herbs, botanicals and essential oils to calm the mind and senses. Sample, relax and enjoy!

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Drawing Out The Dinosaurs

20th July 2019 @ 11:00 am - 23rd September 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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FREE

An exhibition about how artists have drawn dinosaurs from the 1800s until the present day. On loan from the Lapworth Museum of Geology.

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October 2019

20th Anniversary Lunar Lecture Seminar Day – Quackery & Medicine, Kill or Cure

9th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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James Graham’s ‘celestial bed’ - Lydia Syson Scrofula, Gout and Dropsy- Dr Samuel Johnson and his Physicians – Dr Nicholas Cambridge Dr James Barry - The woman who fooled the British Army - Jeremy Dronfield Robert James – Fever powders - the Garden Volunteers from Erasmus Darwin House

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Dr D’s Science Club – The science of photography.

12th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£4

Dr D's Science club for children aged 7-11 years. This month we will experiment with the different ways of taking photographs. VERY IMPORTANT:children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the session.  The adult will need to provide the phone/camera, and must take responsibility for the phone/camera.  The child will not be able to attend this session if he/she does not have an accompanying adult.

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Halloween at Erasmus Darwin House

26th October 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£1

Join us for family fun in our cellars and enjoy some traditional Halloween games. Children £1 - accompanying adults free The house will also be open from 11am to 4pm with a pumpkin trail.  There will be a tea room from 12 noon to 2pm in the lunar room.  We will also have a children's ghost story at 3pm.

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Halloween Cellar Tour

26th October 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£3

Join us for a tour of the cellars and learn what they were used for when Erasmus Darwin lived and worked at the house.   Tickets £3

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Autumn Rag Wreath Craft Class

29th October 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£25

Join us to learn how to create a beautiful rag wreath.  All materials supplied together with tea/coffee and biscuits.  No experience necessary. Booking essential.

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November 2019

Dr D’s Science Club- fireworks:physics and chemistry

9th November 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£4.00

Dr D's Science club for children aged 7-11 years. One adult may attend with their children if they wish. This month we have a return visit from Mark, who will help children to discover the sciences of fireworks.

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Christmas needle punching class

12th November 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£20

Learn the basics of needle punching and create a beautiful reindeer/ face of a deer which can be used as a cushion or wall hanging.  All materials supplied together with tea and coffee.  The class should take approximately 2 hours.

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Christmas Rag wreath workshop

19th November 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£25.00

Create a beautiful Rag Wreath using the traditional rag rug method.  All materials supplied together with tea and coffee.   Booking essential

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Erasmus Darwin House Bric-a-Brac Stall

30th November 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until 1st December 2019

Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Come along and grab a bargain at our bric-a-brac stall.

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December 2019

Museum Shop Sunday

1st December 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Join us at Erasmus Darwin House for Museum Store Sunday. Local authors Kelvin Poulton, Jim McGrath, Hugh Ashton and Jonathon Oates will be here at 12 noon.  they will each give a short talk on their books and will be available to sign copies. Gift stalls, book stall and bric a brac/second hand book sale.  

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A Taste of the Tudors – Friends of Erasmus Darwin House Christmas Event

6th December 2019 @ 7:45 pm - 11:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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The Friends of Erasmus Darwin House invite you to join them for Magical Musical Moments, Mulled Wine and Magnificent Midgeons. Magnificent  Midgeons - the same, the different, the traditional?  Come, find out. Please download the details christmas event  

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Dr Darwin’s 288th Birthday Bash

7th December 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Help us celebrate Erasmus Darwin's birthday at his annual birthday bash and see the house decorated for Christmas. Share some birthday cake at 11.30am, which will be cut by the Lichfield Bower Queen.  There will be carol singers at 11am, a pop up tea room, gift stalls, bric a brac, a raffle, tombola and book blind date from 11am to 4pm.  There will be children's  Christmas bauble painting, christmas stories in the parlour at 2pm children's lucky dip and of…

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The Curious Character of Martin van Butchell – Dr Simon Chaplin, Wellcome Trust

12th December 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£10.00

From his extravagant beard, to his purple-painted pony and the mummified body of his dearly beloved wife that he kept in his living room, nothing was normal about eighteenth century dentist Martin van Butchell. Join Simon Chaplin, Director of Wellcome Collection, for an exploration of  the life and times of one of Georgian London’s most eccentric medical men. Ticket price includes a glass of wine and mince pie, followed by the lecture. Picture courtesy of the Wellcome Collection

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Children’s Christmas Stories – Cancelled

14th December 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Join us in the parlour for children's christmas stories read by one of our volunteers.   Unfortunately this event has been cancelled

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January 2020

Cellar Tour

4th January 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:30am on day First of the month, repeating until 5th December 2020

Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£3.00

Our monthly cellar tour allows access to part of the museum normally closed to visitors. Our tour guide will take you through the rooms in the cellar, showing you where the housekeeper lived and giving you information on the uses for the cellar when Erasmus lived here.   Booking recommended but not essential  

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Dr D’s Science Club – Go, Go Galapagos

11th January 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£5.00

Recreate the journey made by Erasmus Darwin’s grandson, Charles, to the Galapagos Islands. Find out about what Charles Darwin learned from his visit to the Galapagos. Discover what makes the Galapagos so special, and how we can keep the islands special. Science club for children aged 7-11 years. Sessions cost £5 per child, with reductions for siblings One adult may attend with their children if they wish.

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Erasmus’ Evolutionary Environment

24th January 2020 @ 11:00 am - 26th March 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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This is the first of two exhibitions, the second one will be displayed in May, by the students of South Staffordshire College, Lichfield Campus. It demonstrates the students' initial research and ideas about Erasmus Darwin’s life and work, especially his thoughts about evolution.   This is part of a Young Roots project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and We Love Lichfield.  We hope to uncover the hidden stories of the museum, which will help shape the final exhibition,…

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February 2020

Hansons Valuation Day

7th February 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Adrian Rathbone and Jim Spencer from Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers will be at Erasmus Darwin House from 2-4pm  for a Free Books, Maps, Paintings & Antiques Valuation Day, with donations in  support of the Erasmus Darwin Foundation. For further information please contact Adrian Rathbone on 07843 061921 or arathbone@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk

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Dr D’s Science Club – How sounds sound!

8th February 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£5.00

Explore what sound is, and why sounds don’t all sound the same. Discover why different musical instruments make different sounds. Science club for children aged 7-11 years.  Sessions cost £5 per child, with reductions for siblings One adult may attend with their children if they wish.  Please bring along a shoe box and tube from kitchen roll (or similar).   Booking recommended

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Erasmus Darwin House Jigsaw Sale

17th February 2020
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One event on 21st February 2020 at 12:00am

Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Did you know that the origins of the jigsaw puzzle go back to the 1760s when European mapmakers pasted maps onto wood and cut them into small pieces.  Why not come along and help us complete our map jigsaws and whilst you are here grab a bargain at the jigsaw puzzle sale. New and Second hand jigsaw puzzles will be on sale at the house this week.  The sale will be held on Monday, Thursday and Friday with puzzles for…

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March 2020

Dr D’s Science Club – Meet the Scientists

14th March 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Help us celebrate British Science week by joining us for "meet the scientist".  Designed for children aged 7 to 11 years this free drop in day allows children to try hands on experiments. Make a hover craft, balance a cargo boat, plot the planets, create DNA or learn about microscopes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  No booking required.

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Mothers Day Cream Tea – CANCELLED

22nd March 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£4.00

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event.

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Friends of Erasmus Darwin House Bridge Club – CANCELLED

31st March 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£3.50

Join the 'Friends' at their fortnightly bridge club. £3.50 For details please call Jayne on 01543 253326

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April 2020

Cellar Tour – CANCELLED

4th April 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£3.00

Our monthly cellar tour allows access to part of the museum normally closed to visitors. Our tour guide will take you through the rooms in the cellar, showing you where the housekeeper lived and giving you information on the uses for the cellar when Erasmus lived here.   Booking recommended but not essential  

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Friends of Erasmus Darwin House Bridge Club – CANCELLED

14th April 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Join the 'Friends' at their fortnightly bridge club. £3.50 For details please call Jayne on 01543 253326

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Friends of Erasmus Darwin House Bridge Club – CANCELLED

28th April 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£3.50

Join the 'Friends' at their fortnightly bridge club. £3.50 For details please call Jayne on 01543 253326

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May 2020

Cellar Tour – cancelled

2nd May 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£3.00

Our monthly cellar tour allows access to part of the museum normally closed to visitors. Our tour guide will take you through the rooms in the cellar, showing you where the housekeeper lived and giving you information on the uses for the cellar when Erasmus lived here.   Booking recommended but not essential  

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Garden Seminar Day – CANCELLED

6th May 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£40

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.  We will be contacting everyone who has purchased tickets to arrange for a refund.    A full day of presentations with a buffet lunch and refreshments included.  Programme as follows:  Beyond the ha-ha: the gardening revolution of the eighteenth century The history of the garden in the eighteenth century is more than one of acres of grass, Palladian houses and glassy stretches of water. This talk moves beyond the ha-ha and the sweeping vistas…

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Friends of Erasmus Darwin House Bridge Club – CANCELLED

12th May 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£3.50

Join the 'Friends' at their fortnightly bridge club. £3.50 For details please call Jayne on 01543 253326

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August 2020

Guided Tour of Erasmus Darwin House

21st August 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 30th September 2020 @ 3:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£5.00

Book a guided tour of Erasmus Darwin House and learn more about Erasmus Darwin the Doctor, poet, inventor, family man and member of the Lunar Society.  Our experienced tour guides will take you on a fascinating tour of this beautiful georgian house. Tours are held at 2.30pm on Thurs- Sat each week. Tours must be pre booked and numbers are limited to 6 on each tour.  Our tour guides will be wearing face shields and visitors must wear face coverings…

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October 2020

2020 Lunar Lectures – Seminar Day – The Life of Joseph Banks – POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

14th October 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£40

Sir Joseph Banks and the World of Medicine by Dr Patrick  Kaye Dr Patrick Kaye will review both Banks’s medical and family history and consider the role Banks, as President of The Royal Society (PRS), played in the development of medical science in the 18th century.  There will be some informed speculation on his emotional and physical health based on writings in his Endeavour journal, and references to contemporaneous medical personalities during his 42 years as PRS. The Enlightenment of…

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November 2021

Lichfield’s Largest Preloved Jigsaw Sale

6th November 2021 @ 10:00 am - 8th November 2021 @ 2:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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FREE

Erasmus Darwin House is holding Lichfield's Largest Preloved Jigsaw sale, to raise funds for the museum.  The house will be closed to visitors to allow us to fill the rooms with over 600 jigsaws that have kindly been donated.   Whether you enjoy country scenes or clock towers, cute kittens or large lions, cartoon scenes or impossible puzzles, we are sure to have something here for you.  We have puzzles for adults and children, with pieces ranging from 20 in to…

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December 2021

Dressing a Georgian Lady

1st December 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on 7th December 2021 at 7:00pm

One event on 7th January 2022 at 2:00pm

Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£9.00

In these days of casual dress it might be fun to look at the elaborate, formal dressing procedure of the ladies of Dr Darwin’s day.  Learn about Georgian ladies underpinnings and see some replicas created by own sewing group. Includes a glass of mulled wine and mince pie. Numbers will be limited. We suggest that attendees wear a mask unless they are seated, eating or drinking. https://erasmus-darwin-house.arttickets.org.uk/  

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Dressing a Georgian Lady

7th December 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on 7th December 2021 at 7:00pm

One event on 7th January 2022 at 2:00pm

Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£9.00

In these days of casual dress it might be fun to look at the elaborate, formal dressing procedure of the ladies of Dr Darwin’s day.  Learn about Georgian ladies underpinnings and see some replicas created by own sewing group. Includes a glass of mulled wine and mince pie. Numbers will be limited. We suggest that attendees wear a mask unless they are seated, eating or drinking. https://erasmus-darwin-house.arttickets.org.uk/  

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January 2022

Dressing a Georgian Lady – sold out

January 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£9.00

In these days of casual dress it might be fun to look at the elaborate, formal dressing procedure of the ladies of Dr Darwin’s day.  Learn about Georgian ladies underpinnings and see some replicas created by own sewing group. Includes a glass of mulled wine and mince pie. Numbers will be limited. We suggest that attendees wear a mask unless they are seated, eating or drinking. https://erasmus-darwin-house.arttickets.org.uk/  

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Art Exhibition by Beryl Evans – Lichfield Society of Artists

January 19 - February 28
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Beryl Evans is a self taught artist who has been painting for over 30 years. Her first love is oil paints but she also works with pastels. Beryl is a member of both Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield Society of Artists and is proud to have won several awards with both societies.  She can tackle most subjects and enjoys working on commissions. We hope you enjoy the small selections of her work on display in our exhibition room.    

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March 2022

Dressing a Georgian Lady

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£9.00
georgian ladies outfit

In these days of casual dress it might be fun to look at the elaborate, formal dressing procedure of the ladies of Dr Darwin’s day.  Learn about Georgian ladies underpinnings and see some replicas created by own sewing group. Includes a glass of wine Numbers will be limited. Tickets available here  

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April 2022

Flower Painting Exhibition

April 26 @ 11:00 am - June 5 @ 5:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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Erasmus Darwin House is delighted to host an exhibition from the Lichfield Society of Artists, Flower Painting group.  The exhibition is currently on display in our exhibition room until 5 June 2022. Normal admission fee to the museum applies.

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May 2022

Garden Seminar – cancelled

May 11 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£40

Join us for our Garden Seminar featuring   Beyond the Ha-Ha: the Gardening Revolution of the 18th Century   by Elaine Mitchell, Doctoral Researcher, University of Birmingham The history of the garden in the eighteenth century is  more than one of  acres of grass, Palladian houses and glassy stretches of water. This talk moves beyond the ha-ha and the sweeping vistas of the  landscape garden to look at the wider gardening revolution in Britain. This revolution encompassed the arrival of…

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Itchy feet: the finest medical travellers of all time by Simon Chaplin and Natasha McEnroe

May 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£6.00

The next in our series of Lunar Lectures for 2022 is "Itchy feet: the finest medical travellers of all time" by Simon Chaplin and Natasha McEnroe. Throughout history, medicine and travel have gone hand in hand. Join medical curators and tour leaders Natasha McEnroe and Simon Chaplin as they tell the stories of six amazing men and women who combined medical know-how with an ambition to see the world. Come prepared to cast your vote for the finest medical traveller of all…

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June 2022

Lunar Lecture – Erasmus Darwin and Thomas Day: Poets Against Slavery by Prof Brycchan Carey

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Erasmus Darwin House, Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD United Kingdom
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£6.00

Erasmus Darwin and Thomas Day: Poets Against Slavery   Most of the eighteenth-century Lunar Men were staunch opponents of the slave trade and several made important contributions to the abolition campaign that gripped the nation in the 1780s and 90s. Joseph Priestley wrote an antislavery pamphlet while Josiah Wedgwood’s potteries produced the famous ‘Am I Not a Man and a Brother’ medallion that became the emblem of the international antislavery movement. Two Lunar Men used the medium of poetry to…

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