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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 2018

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


Gentlemen Revolutionaries: Power and Justice in the New American Republic

Thursday 15 February, 6:30pm

Introducing his new book, Gentlemen Revolutionaries, historian Tom Cutterham will tell the lesser-known stories of conflict, betrayal, and rebellion behind the United States’ founding era – and suggest how they might help shift our own ideas about justice and power in the modern world.  Discover how in the aftermath of American independence, struggles over the structure and ideals of the new republic took centre stage.

6/per person

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The Mesmerist: How Hypnotism came to Victorian London                                         
Thursday 29 March, 6.30pm

Best-selling author Wendy Moore will talk about her latest book, The Mesmerist: the society doctor who held Victorian London spellbound, which tells the story of John Elliotson, the esteemed Victorian physician who introduced hypnotism to London in 1837. Elliotson’s demonstrations on patients at University College Hospital drew hundreds of awed spectators and launched a mesmerism mania which swept the country. Wendy will show how the questions raised by these spectacles led to his ruin.

                      6/per person
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Family Day: Georgian Easter Celebration

Tuesday 3 April, 11am-12.30pm

Take part in a special Easter egg hunt inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s inventions and scientific work.

Suitable for children aged 5-11
2/ per child
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Filling the Grid: Benjamin Franklin’s Art of Moral Improvement in Historical Perspective

Thursday 5 April, 6:30pm

In his Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin famously recommends his ‘Art of Virtue’ to arrive at moral perfection. Franklin made an adjusted version of the cardinal virtues, and then used a grid-table in which he concentrated on one virtue per week, leaving the others “to their ordinary chance.” He was surprised how difficult this exercise was, but it also gave him the satisfaction of seeing his faults diminished. Harro Maas, professor of history and methodology of economics, will compare Franklin’s procedure with the Chinese so-called “ledgers of merit and demerit” of the late Ming dynasty and with the use of daily planners in the Victorian period to show how such instruments were designed to teach individuals to act prudently. Maas will briefly draw connections to the current interest in self-measurement, and in (dystopic) visions on social credit.

6/per person
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