Benjamin Franklin House, London, England — Events

The Benjamin Franklin House in London is a museum in a terraced Georgian house close to Trafalgar Square. It is the only surviving residence of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Address: 36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF, United Kingdom Hours: Hours: 10:30 am to 5:00 pm Phone: Phone: +44-20-7925-1405 Online: www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Events

  • Benjamin Franklin and the Opticians

    Sep 13, 2017 6:30 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 6:30 pm

    Details: When not looking at the world through his spectacles, Franklin was corresponding with their makers. He claimed they helped him to understand foreign languages and attract the opposite sex. Neil Handley, from the museum at the College of Optometrists, will open our eyes to this contradictory and controversial facet of Franklin’s many scientific and business interests.

    Cost: £8/£5.50 Friends and Concessions

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  • Open House London

    Sep 17, 2017 10:30 am - 4 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 10:30 am – 4 pm

    Details: Open House London is the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design. This annual event allows the public to cross the threshold of some of London’s most interesting buildings, including Grade I, 1730s Benjamin Franklin House. Half-hourly guided tours will take place throughout the day.

    Cost: Free – half-hourly tours run on a first come first served basis

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  • The Lightning Rod: Invention and Contention

    Sep 28, 2017 6:30 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 6:30 pm

    Details: Using exciting science demos, Gemma Smith, Education Manager, will explore how one of Franklin’s most iconic inventions, the Lightning Rod, came about. She will also reveal the personal and political rivalries Franklin faced to get his invention installed throughout London and beyond.

    Cost: £8/£6 Friends and Concessions

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  • Colloqium on Slavery

    Oct 7, 2017 10:30 am - 4 pm

    Where: Newington Green Unitarian Church

    39A Newington Green, Stoke Newington, London N16 9PR, UK

    When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 10:30 am – 4 pm

    Details: For Black History Month this year, we collaborate with Newington Green Unitarian Church, whose notable Minister, Richard Price, was a close friend of Benjamin Franklin and a fellow member of the Club of Honest Whigs. In an all-day colloquium we will explore the birth of the abolitionist movement and Franklin’s key role in bringing about an end to slavery, women’s involvement with antislavery activism, and the realities of eliminating modern slavery in our globalised economy.

    Booking details to follow

  • Family Day: Hallowe’en at Benjamin Franklin House

    Oct 24, 2017 4:00 - 5:00 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

    Details: Children will meet Polly Hewson to hear some ghoulishly good Hallowe’en stories followed by gruesome games including Mummy Bowling, Apple Bobbing and Pick a Pumpkin. Suitable for 5 – 11 year olds.

    Cost: Free – To book email education@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

    Donations welcome

  • Museums at Night – Craven Street Bones

    Oct 28, 2017 6:30 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 6:30 pm

    Details: In 1997, a chance discovery during conservation sparked an investigation at Benjamin Franklin House: how did human skeletal remains of up to 10 individuals come to be buried under the basement floor? Operations Manager, Beth Ward, will explore the answer to this question and reveal the darker side of the 18th century’s pursuit of knowledge.

    Cost: £8/£6 Friends and Concessions

  • Benjamin Franklin in London: From British Royalist to American Revolutionary

    Nov 16, 2017 6:30 pm

    Annual Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre

    Where: The British Library Conference Centre

    96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, United Kingdom

    When: Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 6:30 pm

    Details: George Goodwin, our Author in Residence, explores Franklin’s life in the heaving  metropolis of 18thcentury London, his friendship Joseph Priestley and Francis Dashwood, his political cooperation with Prime Ministers William Pitt the Elder and the Marquess of Rockingham, and his final antagonism with “mangling ministers”.

    Cost: Booking from 1 Sept via the British Library: 01937546546 and www.bl.uk

  • Thanksgiving Dinner

    Nov 23, 2017 7:30 pm

    Where: Clothworkers’ Hall

    Dunster Court, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7AH, United Kingdom

    When: Thursday, November 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm

    Details: An American Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings will take place at magnificent Clothworkers’ Hall.  Roast turkey (and stuffing and vegetables and of course pumpkin pie) will be a highlight.  Franklin, in addition to suggesting the turkey become one of America’s national symbols, practised cooking it as part of his early work on electricity.

    For further details email info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

  • Annual Friends and Neighbours Christmas Party

    Dec 7, 2017 6:30 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    Where: Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 6:30 pm

    Details: Celebrate the festive season with friends of the House and our Craven Street neighbours.  In the great British holiday tradition, enjoy a mince pie, and a glass or two of homemade mulled wine!

    Cost: Free – RSVP to info@BenjaminFranklinHouse.org

  • Family Day: Children’s Christmas Party

    Dec 9, 2017 10:30 am

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Saturday December 9, 2017 | 10:30 am

    Details: Children will discover the magic of the holiday – 18thcentury style – with crafts and treats. Sing along to festive classics such as ’Silent Night’ and ’Jingle Bells’ with accompaniment on the glass armonica, Franklin’s musical instrument. Enjoy mince pies and deck the halls with Christmas crafts to make and take home! Suitable for 5-11 year olds.

    Cost: Free – To book email education@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

    Donations Welcome