House 13th and Franklin’s 313th Birthday Celebration, Thursday 17th January 5-7pm

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 5-7pm

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

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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

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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

Family Day: A Georgian Tea Party

Join us to investigate the traditions of tea drinking from the Georgian period, learn about social gatherings and coffee houses where Benjamin Franklin frequently visited. Here you can make and take home your own tea cup.

Most suitable for 7-11 year olds but younger siblings are welcome.

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Family Day: Instrumental Inventions

Benjamin Franklin was a prolific inventor and a lover of music, inventing the glass armonica. Join us to explore how and create your own instruments to take home.

Most suitable for children aged 5-11.

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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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Family Day: Children’s Christmas Party, Saturday December 8, 10.30am-12noon

Children will discover the magic of the holiday – 18th century style – with crafts and treats. Sing along to festive classics like Jingle Bells with accompaniment on the glass armonica, the instrument Franklin invented at Craven Street. Enjoy holiday treats and deck the halls with Christmas crafts to make and take home!

Saturday December 8, 10.30am-12noon

Suitable for children aged 5-11

 

Festive Candlelit Tours, December 6th, 13th and 20th at 6.30pm

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

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Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday 22 November, 7.30pm

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