The US Elections, Washington Politics and the Prospects for 2020, Wednesday 14 November, 6.30pm

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. Philip Davies- Professor Emeritus of American Studies, De Montfort University and Former Director, Eccles Centre for American Studies, The British Library- 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

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Museums at Night- The Craven Street Bones, Saturday 27 October, 6pm and 8pm

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

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Family Day: Hallowe’en at Benjamin Franklin House

Children will meet Polly Hewson, daughter of Franklin’s landlady, to hear some ghoulishly good Hallowe’en stories followed by gruesome games including Pumpkin Trick or Treat and Pin the Spider on the Web.

Tuesday 23 October, 4-5pm

Suitable for children aged 5-11 years of age

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Open House London

Open House London is the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design. This annual event allows 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.

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September, 10.30am-4.30pm

Free – half-hourly tours run on a first come first served basis

Donations welcome

To cure all ills?

For centuries, unqualified practitioners have sold miracle cures, raising hopes that their nostrums and devices will end the misery of illness.

In this talk, relevant to the House’s connection to medical history, Caroline Rance of www.thequackdoctor.com looks at the ‘quacks’ of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, exploring how they persuaded people to trust them, what the medical profession thought of them, and why patients have consistently seen them as an attractive option.

Thursday 13 September, 6.30pm

£6/per person

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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

Summer Fete

Our annual Summer Fete will take place in collaboration with special guests from the world of heritage, and will include activities for all the family. The Fete will be held in the lovely gardens of Leighton House Museum so bring a picnic!

Saturday 4 August, 11am-4pm
Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Rd, London W14 8LZ

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Donations welcome

Family Day: Bones in the Basement

Come along and search for the Bones in the Basement. Become an archaeologist for the morning and help uncover the history of Benjamin Franklin House.

Tuesday 24 July 11am-12.30pm

Most suitable for children aged 8-11 years old, though younger siblings are welcome.

Independence Day Party

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.

Wednesday 4 July, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm

£10/per person, refreshments included

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London Festival Of Architecture

In celebration of the London Festival of Architecture we will be offering Architectural Tours of the House on every Monday plus the final three Sundays in June (10th, 17th, 24th). Discover how a ‘work-a-day’ 1730s terrace building of great historical merit, survived war, weather, and busy Victorians became a place where you can step back into London’s and Franklin’s past.