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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



Family Day: National Family Week - Georgian Homes

Tuesday 26 May, 11am

Benjamin Franklin House was built circa 1730. As part of National Family Week, children will explore how our homes are different today in this fun session, during which participants will help build a street of 3D, model Georgian terraces like 36 Craven Street. Suitable for 5-8 year olds.

Free, but donations welcome! – Advanced booking recommended: Eventbrite: Georgian Homes

Robert H. Smith Lecture in association with the Eccles Centre for American Studies: 

 Magna Carta's American Adventure - Professor A. E. Dick Howard

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

Monday 1 June, 6.30pm

Join us for a talk by Professor A. E. Dick Howard on the influence of Magna Carta on constitutionalism in America as part of the Magna Carta 800 year commemorations. In association with the British Library and the US Embassy. Professor Howard teaches Law and Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

 10 / 8 / 7 - booking via the British Library: 01937546546 or via their website

The Kite and Key

Monday 29 June, 6.30pmm

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

Independence Day Party

Friday 3 July, 12-2pm

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 July 4, 1776, now an annual US holiday.

8 / 5 Friends and concessions

Family Day: Festival of British Archaeology – Bones in the Basement

Tuesday 28 July, 11am            

As part of the Festival of British Archaeology, children will explore the House’s fascinating archaeological history. They will discover why human bones were found in the basement and the story  they tell about the history of medicine. Suitable for 7-14 year olds.

Free, but donations welcome! – Advanced booking recommended: Eventbrite: Bones in the Basement

Concordia Concert

Thursday 30 July, 7.30pm

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 harp.

20 including refreshments

Franklin Fables

Tuesdays 4, 11, 18 August, 11am

Benjamin Franklin inspired many a tall tale during his life and in the years since. In this drop-in storytelling session for under 7s, enjoy fantastic fables about the remarkable man, including the story of Amos, Franklin’s pet mouse, who many have contributed to his best ideas.

Free, but donations welcome! – Advanced booking recommended: Eventbrite: Franklin Fables

Family Day: Children’s Summer Fete – Print This!

Saturday 1 August, 11am-4pm

Location: Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Rd, London W14 8LZ

Our annual Summer Fete, in collaboration with special guests from the world of heritage, will include activities such as Print This, a workshop for all the family exploring Franklin’s contribution to printing, which allows participants to print their own creation using everyday objects. The Fete will be held in the lovely gardens of Leighton House Museum.

Free, but donations welcome! – No advanced booking required




Family Day: Big Ben Stamp Act

Tuesday 25 August, 11am

In honour of his role as the first Postmaster General of the US Postal Service and his many other achievements in science, innovation, and diplomacy, Benjamin Franklin has often featured on postage stamps around the world. Children will enjoy a tour of Benjamin Franklin House in the company of Polly Hewson, daughter of Franklin’s landlady. They will then create their own stamp postcard to Polly to share highlights of their summer adventures.

 Free, but donations welcome! – Advanced booking recommended : Eventbrite: Big Ben Stamp Act

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:  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.

 10 adults/8 seniors/7 concessions - booking via the British Library: 01937546546

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



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