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

  • Family Day: Instrumental Inventions

    Apr 4, 2017 11 am - 12:30 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 11 am – 12:30 pm

    Details: Franklin was a prolific inventor and a lover of music . He  invented the Glass Armonica. Join us to explore how and create your own instruments to take home. Suitable for 5-11 year olds.

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

    Donations welcome

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  • Family Day: Georgian Easter Celebration

    Apr 11, 2017 11 am - 12:30 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 11 am – 12:30 pm

    Details: Take part in traditional Georgian Easter celebrations., with a special egg hunt throughout the House. Suitable for 5-11 year olds.

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

    Donations welcome

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  • Science on Stage

    Apr 24, 2017 10:30 am

    Where: The British Library Conference Centre

    96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

    When: Monday, April 24, 2017 | 10:30 am

    Details: School children will take part in fun and informative sessions which highlight what became of Franklin’s most important investigations. Special guests will capture children’s attention with experiments that pop, illuminate, and crackle, showing how Franklin’s 18th century explorations have led to some of today’s most important technologies. Suitable for Years 3-6.

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

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  • Museums at Night – ‘Candle Lit’ Architectural Tours

    May 18, 2017 – May 19, 2017 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Thursday, May 18 & Friday, May 19, 2017 | 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm

    Details: The atmospheric rooms of Benjamin Franklin’s only remaining residence will be the feature of this night-time architectural tour, highlighting the original features of our Grade I listed Georgian townhouse in evening light.

    Cost: £8/£5.50 Friends and Concessions

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  • Family Day: Spark your Curiosity

    May 30, 2017 11 am - 12:30 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | 11 am – 12:30 pm

    Details: Join us for hands-on family fun exploring the wonders of electricity, including a demonstration of one of Ben Franklin’s most famous, and useful, inventions – the lightning rod! Children will be introduced to the basics of electricity through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Make a snake charmer out of tissue paper, magic paper balls, and a circuit out of play dough! Suitable for children aged 7-11 years old and their parents, though younger siblings are welcome.

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

    Donations welcome

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  • Benjamin Franklin, Time and the Clockwork of the American Constitution

    Jun 1, 2017 6:30 pm

    Fulbright Lecture

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6:30 pm

    Details: Benjamin Franklin – the polymath who invented his own clock in the 1750s – joined with the other Framers to organize American politics through numerous notions of time.  Dan Kryder will explore Franklin’s role in the framing of the Constitution with a particular focus on how “the divine science of politics” used time as a balancing mechanism in the complex Newtonian clockwork of institutional competition and collaboration embedded in the Constitution.

    Cost: £8/£5.50 Friends and Concessions

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  • Annual Science Fair

    Jun 20, 2017 11 am

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | 11 am

    Details: Science Fair allows children to develop skills associated with scientific enquiry, helping them become autonomous thinkers and creative problem solvers. They are encouraged to develop their own responses to problems Franklin considered at Craven Street, such as how to get more heat from less fuel. Young people create and display their own experiments at in-school Science Fairs, with winning entries going forward to this end-of-year gathering where prizes will be awarded!

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

    Donations welcome

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  • Independence Day Party

    Jul 4, 2017 12:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | 12:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Details: Join us for a celebration of Independence Day at Benjamin Franklin House. Enjoy cake and a glass of bubbly in the world’s only remaining Franklin home. As a founder of the United States, Franklin was the only statesman to have signed all four documents that created a new nation, including The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris, and The Constitution. The first of these was signed on 4 July 1776, an annual US holiday.

    Cost: £10/£8 Friends and Concessions

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  • Concordia Concert

    Jul 11, 2017 7:30 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | 7:30 pm

    Details: We will be hosting an evening in keeping with Franklin’s love of 18th century music in association with our Craven Street neighbours, the Concordia Foundation, which serves young musicians. Join us for a programme of music for flute and guitar with Flauguissimo Duo.

    Cost: £20 including refreshments

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  • Franklin’s Singing Bowls: An Evening with the Glass Armonica

    Jul 13, 2017 6:30 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 6:30 pm

    Details: Join us for a celebration of Independence Day at Benjamin Franklin House. Enjoy cake and a glass of bubbly in the world’s only remaining Franklin home. As a founder of the United States, Franklin was the only statesman to have signed all four documents that created a new nation, including The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris, and The Constitution. The first of these was signed on 4 July 1776, an annual US holiday.

    Cost: £8/£6 for Friends and Concessions

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  • Family Day: Bones in the Basement

    Jul 25, 2017 11 am - 12:30 pm

    Where: Benjamin Franklin House

    36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF, UK

    When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 11 am – 12:30 pm

    Details: As part of the Festival of Archaeology come along and search for the Bones in the Basement. Become an archaeologist for the morning and help uncover the history of Benjamin Franklin House. Suitable for 8-11 year olds but younger siblings are welcome.

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

    Donations welcome

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  • Family Day: Children’s Summer Fete

    Aug 5, 2017 11 am - 4 pm

    Where: Leighton House Museum

    12 Holland Park Rd, London W14 8LZ

    When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 11 am – 4 pm

    Details: Our annual Summer Fete will take place in collaboration with special guests from the world of heritage, and will include activities for all the family. The Fete will be held in the lovely gardens of Leighton House Museum so bring a picnic! 

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

    Donations welcome

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  • 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.

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  • 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