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Science on Stage 2021

  Science on Stage, held in partnership with The Royal Institution, illuminates the National Curriculum through a variety of activities which demonstrate how the work of Franklin and scientists at the Ri arose from a spirit of awe and curiosity about the world in which they lived. The content is appropriate for upper Key Stage […]

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Mary Robinson receives Benjamin Franklin House Medal for Leadership

  Former President of Ireland, stateswoman and campaigner Mary Robinson has received the Benjamin Franklin House Medal for Leadership in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday 7 July. The award recognises extraordinary individuals following in Franklin’s footsteps who exemplify a commitment to justice, cross-cultural understanding, tolerance and humanity. Robinson was the first woman President of Ireland […]

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Frank(lin) Views Podcast: Irina Bokova

Frank(lin) Views podcast features thought leaders across disciplines on themes associated with Benjamin Franklin – the great diplomat, writer, inventor, scientist and more – including leadership, the purpose of history, modern day publishing, and diplomacy. BenjaminFranklinHouse · Frank(lin) Views Podcast – Irina Bokova In Episode 3 of the Frank(lin) Views Podcast, we speak to Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO and […]

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Frank(lin) Views Podcast: YS Chi

Frank(lin) Views podcast features thought leaders across disciplines on themes associated with Benjamin Franklin – the great diplomat, writer, inventor, scientist and more – including leadership, the purpose of history, modern day publishing, and diplomacy. In Episode 2 of the Frank(lin) Views Podcast, we speak to Youngsuk “YS” Chi. YS Chi is an international business leader and a global thought leader […]

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Frank(lin) Views: David Rubenstein

Frank(lin) Views podcast features thought leaders across disciplines on themes associated with Benjamin Franklin – the great diplomat, writer, inventor, scientist and more – including leadership, the purpose of history, modern day publishing, and diplomacy. In Episode 1, we speak with the Franklinesque David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chair of Carlyle, a global private equity firm. He is a leader in ‘patriotic […]

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Interview: Professor Sarah B Pomeroy

The Lady Joan Reid Children’s Author in Residence, Professor Sarah B. Pomeroy recently sat down with our Founding Director, Márcia Balisciano, via the internet, to discuss her upcoming book Benjamin Franklin, Swimmer. Professor Pomeroy, a distinguished Professor emeritus of Classics and History at the City University of New York, is an accomplished author of numerous […]

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Deep sadness at the loss of Michelle Smith, President of the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation

  All of us at Benjamin Franklin House are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Michelle Smith, President of the Robert H. Smith Foundation. Michelle greatly strengthened Benjamin Franklin House over many years through her strategic advice and support.  She helped us realise offerings that have enriched people’s understanding of Franklin’s life and times […]

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We’ve Reopened!

We are excited to announce that following new UK government guidelines on museums and galleries, Benjamin Franklin House will be reopening to the public. In celebration of American Independence Day, we will offer Architectural Tours from 2-4pm on 4 and 5 July.  Please make a booking for this special celebration here. Following, we will be […]

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Benjamin Franklin House and Black Lives Matter

Our Statement in regards to the Black Lives Matter Protests:  Benjamin Franklin’s last public act was to serve as the President of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.  Shortly before his death in 1790 he wrote, “equal liberty… is still the Birthright of all….”  This remains as much an unalienable tenet in […]

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Benjamin Franklin and the Glass Armonica

Everyone knows the eerie, tinkling notes of the ‘Aquarium’ movement in Camille Saint-Saëns’ symphony for children, The Carnival of the Animals, even if we can’t name the music. But few people realise that the instrument which creates that other-worldly sound – also used in some renditions of the Harry Potter film music – was invented […]

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