Johnson is claimed to have assumed a parental protective role towards Barber. Johnson’s will was a testament to the attachment to, and respect for, Barber. He inherited a lump sum and annuity of £70. Before his death, Johnson had advised Barber to move to Lichfield, his own home town and somewhere he could live more cheaply than in London.
“As we see people fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine Lichfield may soon become their new home and we want those people to know that the town has a long history of warm hospitality.
“Asylum seekers and refugees need to feel welcome, and we hope to reveal this hidden history will offer that as well as wider education to those who live in Lichfield.