The latest in our series of guest blog posts comes from Stephanie Pickford, Curator at Dr Johnson’s House in London.
One of the things I love best about my job as Curator of Dr Johnson’s House is going round the house at the end of the day, shutting all the blinds and curtains and seeing the wonderful historical interiors in the half light. At this time of day it is easier to imagine former resident Samuel Johnson at home – perhaps sitting warming his hands in front of the fire or walking up the stairs to bed with a candle in hand.
This is the first year that we’ve run an event for Museums at Night at Dr Johnson’s House and, since I’ve been Curator, we’ve never had the whole house candlelit so I’m really quite excited about showing visitors around on our Twilight Tours.
Dr Johnson’s House is one of several unique and quirky smaller house museums in London who have recently joined together to form a group called London Shh (Small Historic Houses). Many of the houses are located off the beaten track, away from the hustle and bustle of the major tourist and traffic flows and we can sometimes be a bit tricky to find! However, discovering the London Shh houses is a special experience and Museums at Night is a great opportunity to see two of the houses in an even more unique way: Benjamin Franklin’s House is also opening its doors for Museums at Night with a special late night historical experience on Saturday 15th and a spooky sounding event looking at The Craven Street Bones in their basement on the Sunday.
Click on the links to find out more about the Twilight Tours at Dr Johnson’s House on 14th May or the Late Night Historical Experience and The Craven Street Bones at Benjamin Franklin’s House on 15th and 16th May. If you’d like to find out more about the other London Shh houses, just click here.
Stephanie Pickford is the Curator of Dr Johnson’s House and Treasurer for London Shh.