SOLD OUT – Family Day: Printing Workshop

Did you know that Ben Franklin started out as a printer? Nowadays we think of a printer as something that connects to a computer but the mechanical printing press was cutting edge technology in Franklin’s time. Join us for this fun-filled family day to learn all about 18th Century printing methods and try your hand at some printing of your own!

Suitable for ages 6-12.

Please register for both the children and adults in your group.

Franklin and his British Friends

Wednesday 29th of May. 6:30pm

Dr. Márcia Balisciano, Director of Benjamin Franklin House will introduce Franklin’s British milieu, those who challenged and sustained him during his long London sojourn.  Fellow members of the Lunar Society like Josiah Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin and Matthew Bolton, reformed rogues like Sir Francis Dashwood, and artists like the blind organist John Stanley will all feature in this illustrated talk.

£6 per person.

Tickets available via Eventbrite 

The Rise of Thomas Paine and the Case of The Officers of Excise

Wednesday March 6th at 6:30pm

Introducing his new book, The Rise of Thomas Paine, Paul Myles will tell the story of how the relatively unknown Englishman-Paine- came to be thrust onto the international stage and his literary role in the American War of Independence.

Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite

Reviews

“This original and scholarly work explains the rise of Thomas Paine, who was chosen by a Commissioner of Excise, George Lewis Scott, to write The Case of the Officers of Excise, a work which identified and condemned the deep corruption within the English excise service, and called for the organization of workers to improve their pay and conditions. The origins of Paine’s links with figures such as Benjamin Franklin, so important when Paine moved to North America, is thereby explained”
-Professor Richard Whatmore University of St Andrews School of History

“Paul Myles has become the custodian of the reputation of Thomas Paine and this book is part of a remarkable job he is making of it.”- Melvyn Bragg

 

Museums at Night – ‘Candle Lit’ Architectural Tours

Thursday 16 & Friday 17 May, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm

The atmospheric rooms of Benjamin Franklin’s only remaining residence will be the feature of this night-time architectural tour, highlighting the original features of our Grade I listed Georgian townhouse in evening light.

£10/per person, drink included

Tickets available via Eventbrite

Independence Day: Thursday 4th July

Join us for a celebration of Independence Day at Benjamin Franklin House. Enjoy cake and a glass of bubbly following a 30 minute tour of the world’s only remaining Franklin home. As a founder of the United States, Franklin was the only statesman to have signed all four documents that created a new nation, including The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris, and The Constitution. The first of these was signed on 4 July 1776.

Join us at one of the following celebration times: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm, and 4.15pm

£10/per person, refreshments included

 

The Final Plea, Thursday January 10th 6:30-8pm

Join us on Thursday 10 January 2019 at 6.30pm for a performance of The Final Plea. 

This gripping one-man play by House Playwright in Residence, Michael London, explores the political tensions and complex family relationships that filled Benjamin Franklin’s final hours in London before his return to Philadelphia as a patriot for independence.

Audience members are invited to enjoy a glass of white wine or elderflower cordial before to the performance.

RSVP through eventbrite or education@benjaminfranklinhours.org

House 13th and Franklin’s 313th Birthday Celebration, Thursday 17th January 6:30-8pm

A celebration of Benjamin Franklin’s 313th birthday and the 13th anniversary of the opening of Benjamin Franklin House to the public as a dynamic museum and educational facility. A celebration with supporters and friends, with cake and bubbly for all.

Thursday 17th January 6:30-8pm

To book your space email info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Talk: Benjamin Franklin’s influence at the Constitutional Convention

Dr Nicholas Cole is a Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford University, who specialises in the political thought of early America and the creation of America’s political institutions. He leads the Quill Project, an interdisciplinary project which studies the processes of negotiation that created America’s political system. Their flagship project is a digital model of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, which provides an opportunity to reassess the importance of Franklin’s role in the creation of the American Federal System.

Wednesday 17 October, 6.30pm

Book your free tickets via eventbrite

Family Day – Investigate! Bubbles, slime and other materials.

Benjamin Franklin questioned the world around him. Join us to investigate the world around us and learn why different materials act the way they do!

We will be exploring slime and bubbles, you can even take home your own homemade bubble wand.

Most suitable for 5-11 year olds but younger siblings are welcome.

Tuesday 21 August, 11am

Book your free space via eventbrite.

Franklin & Grant: Americans Against Slavery

Franklin & Grant: Americans Against Slavery

2018 Benjamin Franklin House Robert H. Smith Lecture in American Democracy- Dr. Márcia Balisciano, Director, Benjamin Franklin House 

Franklin and Grant, two American historical figures not traditionally linked, traversed similar paths to fervent antislavery conviction, both of whom left an important imprint on American democracy.

The last public role of 18th century entrepreneur, author, scientist, diplomat and nation builder, Benjamin Franklin, was President of the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery (1789- 1790). Franklin made a trajectory from acceptance to outspoken opponent of slavery by the end of his life. He rallied against abhorrent inhumanity for the enslaved and forecast a terrible toll for the new United States, a prediction borne out by the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Brilliant military general and eventual President, Ulysses S. Grant, traversed similar ground on the question of slavery. Though born into an anti-slavery family, he was initially apathetic, marrying into a slave-holding Southern family, but came to see moral purpose in perhaps his greatest role, as victor in the war that restored the American union.

Dr. Márcia Balisciano, historian and founding director of Benjamin Franklin House, will show the connections between two American leaders who left an indelible mark on modern America.

Thursday 4 October

Tickets to be booked through the Eccles Centre for American Studies, British Library

More details to follow