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Benjamin FranklinBBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time: The Royal Society and British Science' recorded from Benjamin Franklin House highlights Franklin's scientific contributions. The broadcast features journalist and writer, Melvyn Bragg; Cambridge University history of science professor, Simon Schaffer; and House Director Márcia Balisciano. Listen here.

Hot off the press: Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize 2009 Winners Announced!

In the 2009 Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize, in association with The Telegraph, we challenged entrants to interpret this quote: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety". Entrants were asked to produce submissions of 1000-1500 words.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the £500 Young Writers category is Nicola Simpson; read the winning entry here. And the winner of the £1000 Professional Writers category is Heather Parker; read the winning entry here.

An award presentation will take place in January.

Benjamin Franklin House Annual Symposium
The Annual Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre at the British Library featured Paul Smith, Director of Kew Garden's Millennium Seed Bank- on 9 September 2009.


Independence Day Celebration at Benjamin Franklin House
Franklin's home was filled with Independence Day revelers as part of our annual 4th of July celebrations!

Benjamin Franklin House Newseum Gala a Success!

Our World of Possibilities endowment campaign was launched in great Franklin style – with fun, wit, and substance – on 3 June 2009.

Sir David Frost

The day began with a breakfast for over 40 hosted by British Ambassador, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Chairman of the World of Possibilities, at his exquisite residence in Washington.  In his welcome, the Ambassador set the tone for the day, declaring Benjamin Franklin House to be a jewel in the British American crown.  Celebrated British architect, John McAslan, highlighted opportunities for the future with a description of his pro bono designs for a new, glass visitors centre in what today is an open air courtyard and Sir David Frost gave a delightful taster of his evening talk on US-UK differences and similarities from his unique vantage point.

The Newseum, so close to the White House, which stands like Franklin for free speech and a free press, was the perfect venue for the gala.  As Franklin noted in 1776, “the people have a right to freedom of speech, and of writing and publishing their sentiments, therefore the freedom of the press ought not to be restrained.”  Over 175 guests, including sponsors KPMG, joined us for the sparkling evening proceedings.  Mr. Robert H. Smith, a Newseum founding partner, and a key supporter of Benjamin Franklin House, for whom our Scholarship Centre is named, opened the dinner. He noted Benjamin Franklin House’s mission in sharing Franklin’s spirit of humanity, dignity, and honesty, and his unique legacy in London, which still has much to teach us today.  The Ambassador made an amusing and apt comparison between Benjamin Franklin and Sir David, two icons treasured on both sides of the Atlantic, before Sir David entertained all with tales of his amazing life as the interviewer of Britain and America’s leaders over the last forty years. 

The endowment will further development of the House, enabling new projects to enhance core activities related to the Historical Experience, Student Science Centre, and Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre. It will allow on-going conservation of the delicate 18th century building, as well as new transatlantic activities, including a US-UK Sister Schools initiative.

Take a virtual walk down Craven St!

When you have clicked on the link type in 36 Craven St, London and when the map loads up click the small orange man on the left hand side. This will allow you to see Benjamin Franklin House from the outside in 3D!

Richmond University helps Benjamin Franklin House

Communications students from Richmond University have created new
posters for the Historical Experience conveying its drama and excitement!

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Britain's Guardian Newspaper Highlights Literary Prize Giving

The 15 January 2009 edition of the Guardian gave a mention to the Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize giving reception! See a copy. Find out more about the Literary Prize.

Read about the 2008 Literary Prize at media partner the Telegraph Online.

Benjamin Franklin House featured in Conservative History Journal

Historian pronounces Benjamin Franklin House 'well worth a visit!'

To read the full article click here.

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