Fireworks, Franklin & the Fourth

In the run up to American Independence Day, Dr. Simon Werret will explore fireworks in Benjamin Franklin’s time, highlighting the differences and similarities between celebrating with in 18th century Britain and America. Simon will reveal how Franklin’s famous electricity experiments are connected to the history of fireworks.

Thursday June 28, 6.30pm

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Festive Candlelit Tours

Step back in time and experience the House in true eighteenth-century style this winter, with our festive candlelit tours. Mulled wine and mince pies in Franklin’s parlour before exploring the House and its unique history.

Thursday 6 December, 6.30pm

Thursday 13 December, 6,30pm

Thursday 20 December, 6.30pm

£10/per person

Thanksgiving Dinner

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.

Thursday 22 November, 7.30pm

Tickets: £90/Adults £50/Children

Further details or to book email info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

The US Elections, Washington Politics and the Prospects for 2020

At a time when there seem to be few fixed points on the political landscape it might seem that election results at least can provide fixed points from which to look at the current and potential future of party politics in the USA. Davies will reflect on the lessons that can be taken from the US elections of Tuesday 6th November and whether they provide a reasonable lens through which to look forward to 2020.

Wednesday 14 November, 6.30pm

£6/per person

Museums at Night- The Craven Street Bones

Explore the darker side of the 18th century’s pursuit of knowledge with the team at Benjamin Franklin House. As you make your way through the Grade I, Georgian building you’ll discover why over 1200 bones were unearthed in the basement. Drink included.

Saturday 27 October, 6pm and 8pm

£10/per person

Concordia Concert

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 concert featuring the string quartet, Zelkova Quartet.

Wednesday 20 June, 7pm

£25/per person, includes refreshments