Events: Samuel Johnson Tercentenary

Samuel JohnsonTercentenary events

Events The Tercentenary celebrations in the UK will commence on 2 March 09, the 272nd anniversary of the departure of Johnson and Garrick from Lichfield for London. A modern-day Johnson and Garrick will re-enact their journey (complete with shared horse). They will be visiting a number of schools en route to talk about their walk and the lives of Johnson and Garrick. On arrival in London on Thursday 12th March, a reception will take place at the Guildhall.

The Tercentenary itself is on Friday, 18 September 09. It will be marked by a weekend of events in his birthplace, Lichfield, including a dinner in Lichfield Guildhall on 19 September.

The year’s events will end with a commemoration at Westminster Abbey on 12 December 2009, the 225th anniversary of Johnson’s death.

Programme of events

DateEventPlace
2 March 09Johnson and Garrick  (Professor Peter Martin and Dr Nicholas Cambridge) depart for LondonLichfield
2 March 09Gresham College lunchtime lectureGresham College, London
9 March 09Gresham College lunchtime lectureGresham College, London
12 March 09Reception for Johnson and GarrickGuildhall, London
14 March 09Johnson Society of London Lecture
‘Slow rises worth by poverty depress’d’: Johnson comes to London
Professor Peter Martin
Wesley’s Chapel, London
16 March 09Gresham College lunchtime lectureGresham College, London
23 March 09Gresham College lunchtime lectureGresham College, London
4 April 09Johnson Society of London Lecture
‘The present hour alone is man’s’: Johnson’s poetry and the redemption of time’
Dr Ken Smith
Wesley’s Chapel, London
6 April 09‘Dr Samuel Johnson – A Tercentenary Celebrated’
Dr David Allan, Honorary RSA Historian
Borough of Twickenham Local History Society
St Mary Church Hall, Church Street, Twickenham
18 April 09‘An Audience with Mrs Piozzi’ – Part 1
Lesley Smith
Lichfield Heritage Centre
25 April 09‘An Audience with Mrs Piozzi’ – Part 2
Lesley Smith
Lichfield Heritage Centre
14 May 09Samuel Johnson Tercentenary Banquet (speakers: Lord Kenneth Baker and Professor Christopher Ricks)House of Lords
16 May 09Boswell Society lunchTBA, London
23 May-20 September 09Exhibition, “Samuel Johnson, Literary Giant of the Eighteenth Century, 1709-1784”Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
27 May 09Lecture: Professor O M BrackHuntington Library
8 June 09Lecture: Professor Richard WendorfHuntington Library
1 August 09Lecture: ‘The kingdom of Rasselas, then and now’
Jean and John Broadbent
Lichfield Guildhall
27-29 August 09Symposium and exhibition of Hyde CollectionHoughton Library, Harvard
14-18 September 09‘Johnson at 300’
Samuel Johnson Tercentenary Conference (convenors: Professor Lynda Mugglestone, Dr Freya Johnston)
Pembroke College, Oxford
15 September 09Lecture: Paul RuxinHuntington Library
18 September 09Tercentenary of the birth of Samuel Johnson 
18-20 September 09Birthday celebrationsLichfield
10 October 09Johnson Society of London Lecture
‘Johnson and the Art of Human Happiness: The Case of Rasselas’
Dr Thomas Woodman
Wesley’s Chapel, London
15 October 09Readings from the works of Samuel JohnsonWestminster Abbey
21 October 09Symposium, “Samuel Johnson – from cradle to grave and beyond: his illnesses, physicians, autopsy and religious faith”Royal Society of Medicine
14 November 09Johnson Society of London LectureWesley’s Chapel, London
22 November 09Samuel Johnson Tercentenary dinner (Samuel Johnson Society of Southern California)
Daniel Blum Memorial Lecture: John W. Byrne
Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
12 December 09Commemoration: wreath-laying and lunch
Speaker: Professor Christopher Ricks
Westminster Abbey and St Ermin’s Hotel, London