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To book for any event, please phone our box office +44 (0) 207 925 1405 (open 10.30am-5pm everyday except Tuesday) or send a cheque made payable to 'Friends of Benjamin Franklin House' along with the name of the event/date to Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF. Friends, students, and those over 65 are entitled to a concessionary rate.

Many of our events have a limited capacity so we advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment. For information about our events programme please email

Benjamin Franklin House Events 2015

Join us for fascinating Franklinesque events: from family workshops, to lectures and our annual 4th July party!

Download our 2015 Events Guide



The Kite and Key

9 September at 11:30am

Join Education Manager, Stephen Wilson, for a lecture and live demonstration exploring the science and speculation behind Franklins infamous and much-mythologised kite and key experiment, said to have been conducted to prove that lightning is an electrical phenomenon. For science novices and Franklin fans alike.

 5 / 3.50 Friends and Concessions

Open House London

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September, 10.30am-4pm

 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 listed, 1730s Benjamin Franklin House. Half-hourly guided tours will take place throughout the day.

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



Annual Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre

 Making Room: New York and London, Cities in Crisis

LOCATION: The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Monday 28 September, 6.30pm*

 Arguably the capitals of the world, New York and London, share great wealth and power. However at their heart they have some real challenges, including unaffordable housing and infrastructure not suited for modern life. Award-winning architect John McAslan of John McAslan + Partners will address the housing crises in both cities and suggest a template for change.

 5 adults/4 seniors/3 concessions 

 Booking via the British Library or on 01937546546

*Please note this event has SOLD OUT

Family Day: Hallowe’en at Benjamin Franklin House

Tuesday 27 October, 4-5pm*

Children will be entertained by 18th century scary stories told by Polly Hewson, and ghastly games including Bobbing for Apples and Pin the Spider on the Web.

Free, but donations welcome! – Advanced booking recommended: Eventbrite: Hallowe'en at Benjamin Franklin House

 *Please note this event has SOLD OUT


Museums at Night - Craven Street Bones

Friday 30 October, 6.30pm

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, Braena Sykes, will explore the answer to this question and reveal the darker side of the 18th century’s pursuit of knowledge.

 5 / 3.50 Friends and Concessions

Thanksgiving Dinner

LOCATION: Clothworkers' Hall, Dunster Court, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7AH

Thursday 26 November, 7:30pm

An American Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings will take place at magnificent Clothworkers’ Hall. Roast turkey (and stuffing, 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.

Contact Benjamin Franklin House for further details and to book



Annual Friends and Neighbours Christmas Party

Wednesday 9 December, 6-8pm

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!

Free – RSVP to

Family Day: Children's Christmas Party

Saturday 12 December, 10.30am*

With Christmas just around the corner, children will discover the magic of the holiday – 18th century 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 a Christmas wreath to make and take home!

Suitable for 5 -11 year olds.

Free, but donations welcome! – Advanced booking recommended: Eventbrite: Children's Christmas Party

*Please note this event has SOLD OUT