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To book for any event, please phone our box office +44 (0) 207 839 2006  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 2016

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

Download our 2016 Events Guide



Family Day: Hallowe’en at Benjamin Franklin House

Tuesday 25 October, 4-5pm

Children will be entertained by 18th century scary stories told by Polly Hewson and ghastly games!

Free, but donations welcome! – Advanced booking recommended

Presidential Debate

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

Friday 28 October, 6.30pm

 Just prior to the American Presidential election, we will host a debate featuring representatives of Republicans Overseas and Democrats Abroad on the best person to lead the United States in the years ahead. 

Booking via the British Library: 01937546546 and



Museums at Night - Craven Street Bones

Saturday 29 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?  Historian 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. To book call 020 7839 2006.

Put your stamp on it: Ben Franklin and a dreaded Act, 250 years on

Wednesday 16 November, 6.30pm

Benjamin Franklin House Director, Dr. Márcia Balisciano, will show that while Franklin did not initially realise the furore the Stamp Act would cause, he played an important part in its repeal.  Looking back on it today, she will argue it was a catalyst for the eventual American Revolution.

£5/£3.50 Friends and Concessions. To book call 020 7839 2006.



Annual Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre:  30 Years of Bloomsbury

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

Monday 21 November, 6:30pm

Nigel Newton, an entrepreneur and publisher like Benjamin Franklin, looks back over the thrills and spills - the key moments in the story of the publishing house he started 30 years ago.  Among Bloomsbury Publishing’s best known authors are J. K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books, Khaled Hosseini with The Kite Runner and Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient. 

£10/£8/£7 - booking via the British Library: 01937546546 and


Thanksgiving Dinner

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

Thursday 24 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.

£90 Adults/ £50 children. To book call 020 7839 2006.



Annual Friends and Neighbours Christmas Party

Thursday 8 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 10 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 Christmas crafts to make and take home! Suitable for 5-11 year olds.

 Free, but donations welcome! – Advanced booking recommended