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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 info@BenjaminFranklinHouse.org


Benjamin Franklin House Events 2014

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

Download our 2014 Events Guide


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Concordia Logo

Concordia Concert
Thursday 24 July
, 7pm
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. Harpist, Elizabeth McNulty, will perform works by Bach, Handel, Mozart and more.

Doors open at 7pm, for a 7.30pm concert start time.

£20 including refreshments

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Family Day: Festival of British Archaeology – Bones in the Basement
Tuesday 29 July, 11am

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. Led by House Education Manager, Stephen Wilson.
£5 per child, free for adults

Bones in basement

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Glass Armonica

A Musical Evening: Franklin's Glass Armonica
Monday 4 August, 6pm

In 1762, Franklin premiered his new musical invention, the glass armonica which had been devised a year earlier at 36 Craven Street. Ethereal sounds are produced from rotating glass bowls which inspired compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, (JC) Bach, and more recently, rock musicians like Jarvis Cocker and Damian Albarn. House Operations Manager, Sally James, will talk about the fascinating history of the glass armonica and perform excerpts from pieces written for the instrument.
£5/£3.50 Friends and concessions

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Family Day: Children’s Summer Fete – Print This!
Saturday 9 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 including Leighton House Museum, Charles Dickens Museum, the Ragged School Museum, Dr Johnson’s House, will include Print This! – a workshop for all the family exploring Franklin’s contribution to printing, allowing participants to print their own message, picture, or sign using everyday objects. The Fete will be held in the gardens of Leighton House Museum, so bring a picnic! Suitable for 5-14 year olds.
Free – no booking required

Print this activitiy

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Big Ben Stamp Act

Family Day: Big Ben Stamp Act
Tuesday 19 and 26 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. As the holidays draw to a close, 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.
£5 per child, free for adults

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Annual Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre: Alan Rusbridger
LOCATION: The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Monday 8 September, 6.30pm

As our 2014 Symposium speaker, Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media, will share his views on freedom of the press. During his editorship the paper has fought a number of high-profile battles over press freedom and libel, including cases involving Neil Hamilton, Jonathan Aitken, the Police Federation, Trafigura, and Wikileaks. The Guardian broke world exclusive stories by publishing NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
£8 adults/£6 seniors/£5 concession– booking via the British Library Box Office: 01937546546

Alan Rusbridger

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Open House 2013

Open House London
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September, 10.30am-4pm

Open House London is the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design. This annual event invites the public to cross the threshold of some of London’s most interesting buildings, including Grade I, 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

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Family Day: Hallowe’en at Benjamin Franklin House
Tuesday 28 October, 4-5pm

As Hallowe’en approaches, brave the dimly lit corridors and creaking floorboards of this 18th century Georgian house for ghost stories told by Benjamin Franklin’s friend Polly Hewson, and other haunting happenings…
£5 per child, free for adults

Pumpkin

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Thanksgiving Dinner 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner
LOCATION: Clothworkers' Hall, Dunster Court, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7AH
Thursday 27 November, 7.30pm

An American Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings will take place at the 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.
Contact us for more details and to reserve your place

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Annual Friends and Neighbours Christmas Party
Wednesday 10 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 info@BenjaminFranklinHouse.org

Christmas garland

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Children's Xmas Party

Family Day: Children’s Christmas Party
Saturday 13 December, 10.30am-12pm

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.
£5 per child, free for adults

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