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To book for any event, please phone our box office +44 (0) 207 839 2006  or email 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 2017

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

The Lightning Rod: Invention and Contention

Thursday 28 September, 6.30pm

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.

8/6 Friends and Concessions

Colloqium on Slavery

Location: Newington Green Unitarian Church, Stoke Newington, London N16 9PR

Saturday 30 September, 10:30am-4pm

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.

Tickets may be booked at

Christian Defeo   Benjamin Franklin's Network of Innovation
Thursday 19 October, 6.30pm
Benjamin Franklin was a modern individual in many senses, but perhaps none more so in the fact that he was a vital node on the biggest scientific network of the eighteenth century.  This talk discusses Franklin’s network, who comprised it, and how the network helped him advance the cause of science.
  8/6 Friends and Concessions

Family Day: Hallowe’en at Benjamin Franklin House
Tuesday 24 October, 4-5pm
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.
Free – To book email
Donations welcome

Museums at Night - Craven Street Bones

Saturday 28 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, Mallory Horrill, will explore the answer to this question and reveal the darker side of the 18th century’s pursuit of knowledge.

8/6 Friends and Concessions

Annual Symposium in association with the British Librarys Eccles Centre for American Studies

Benjamin Franklin in London:  From British Royalist to American Revolutionary

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

Thursday 16 November, 7pm

George Goodwin, our Author in Residence, follows the publication of his book Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of Americas Founding Father with a highly-illustrated and entertaining talk.

An enthralling biography BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

A Fascinating Perspective Wall Street Journal 

Sensitive, moving and finely textured account Guardian

For Further Information and Booking via the British Library:

Limited Spaces Available – Book Early to Avoid Disappointment

Thanksgiving Dinner

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

Thursday 23 November, 7.30pm 

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

Annual Friends and Neighbours Christmas Party

Thursday 7 December, 6.30pm

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 9 December, 10.30am

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 Christmas crafts to make and take home! Suitable for 5-11 year olds.

Free – To book email

 Donations Welcome