Platinum Jubilee Celebrations: Benjamin Franklin’s Relationship with the Crown

Join us as we celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!

Thursday June 2, Friday June 3 – Sunday June 5, 12pm – 5pm 

In honour of the event, we will be enhancing our standard Architectural Tours and Historical Experiences with jubilee decorations and fun Benjamin Franklin facts all about his surprising relationship to the Crown.

From £7.50 per adult – Purchase tickets via Art Tickets here

Thursday June 2,  6pm – 7pm

Kick off the four day weekend with an after hours tour complete with traditional British cocktails and snacks!

Make your way through this iconic historic building, the only remaining residence of Benjamin Franklin anywhere in the world, and learn all about Benjamin Franklin’s relationship with the Crown during his 16 year stay here.

£10/per person – Purchase tickets via Eventbrite here

Franklin’s Young Inventors Science Club: Light

Saturday 25th June 2022 (10:30am-11:30am). Register here.

Join our science club at Benjamin Franklin House, the London home of the famous Founding Father of the United States who was also a scientist and inventor. You will learn about the experiments carried out by Benjamin Franklin and his British friends as well as trying your hand at practical investigations. This week we will be exploring the core physics topic of light.

Most suitable for Years 7-9 (ages 11-14) but all ages welcome! Franklin’s Young Inventors is free to attend but booking is essential.

Parents are welcome to join, however, if you would prefer to drop off and pick up your child(ren) we will ask you to sign a permission form when you arrive.

Register here.

Virtual Talk: A Day in the Life of Benjamin Franklin

Thursday 7th July 2022 – 5pm-6pm

Join our Education Manager, Henry Wilkinson, as he discusses what could have been a day in the life of Benjamin Franklin whilst he resided here at 36 Craven Street over 250 years ago!

Follow in Franklin’s footsteps to unlock the secrets of success and happiness in the 18th Century. You will explore his ‘thirteen virtues’ and gain the perfect template for an orderly life, in Franklin’s own words.

From his morning routine, you’ll learn how to start the day right and pick up some excellent tips on cleanliness and healthy living, Georgian style. You also will broaden your palette to get a taste for Georgian cuisine as we explore the food and drink that was cooked up in our historic kitchen.

The talk will last roughly 1 hour and is FREE. To secure a slot, please register for the webinar here.

Franklin’s Young Inventors Science Club: Sound

Saturday 21 May, 10:30am-11.30am. Register here to attend in-person.

Join our science club at Benjamin Franklin House, the London home of the famous Founding Father of the United States who was also a scientist and inventor. You will learn about the experiments carried out by Benjamin Franklin and his British friends as well as trying your hand at practical investigations. This week we will be exploring the core physics topic of sound.

Most suitable for Years 7-9 (ages 11-14) but all ages welcome! Franklin’s Young Inventors is free to attend but booking is essential.

Parents are welcome to join, however, if you would prefer to drop off and pick up your child(ren) we will ask you to sign a permission form when you arrive.

Family Event: Dress Like a Georgian!

Tuesday 26th July 2022 at (11am-12pm) & (1:30pm-2:30pm)

In this Family Event, explore the fashion and style of Georgian London. Join Polly, resident of 36 Craven Street during Benjamin Franklin’s time in the house as she guides you through the history of the House and the proper attire to wear inside it!

Interactive activates will explore the different dress codes of the day with an opportunity for children to make their own Georgian hat!

Most suitable for ages 5-11, but all are welcome!

If you would like to attend the Morning Session (11am-12pm) tickets are FREE and can be booked here!

If you would like to attend the Afternoon Session (1:30pm-2:30pm) tickets are FREE and can be booked here!

Family Event: Inside Benjamin Franklin’s Georgian House!

Tuesday 31st May 2022 – (11am-12pm) & (1:30pm-2:30pm)

This Family Event is designed to introduce children (KS1-3) to Georgian architecture, design, and history as we explore the preserved rooms of Benjamin Franklin House.

We will begin with an interactive tour of 36 Craven Street that explores how each room would have been used almost 300 years ago! In the second half of the session, families will create their very own Georgian home in an arts and crafts workshop that builds on the knowledge gained during the initial tour.

Recommended ages are 7-11 – but everyone is welcome!

Due to popular demand, there are now two sessions available for booking;

If you would like to attend the Morning Session (11am-12pm) tickets are FREE and can be booked here!

If you would like to attend the Afternoon Session (1:30pm-2:30pm) tickets are FREE and can be booked here!

Georgian Easter Celebration!

Join us for Easter-themed crafts and games. Take part in a special Easter egg hunt inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s inventions and scientific work.

Create an Easter card, decorate eggs and make Georgian Easter bonnets!

Tuesday 5th April 12.30pm-14.30pm.

Suitable for children aged 5-11.

Book a ticket now! Tickets can be found here.

Family Day: Children’s Christmas Fair

Saturday 11 December, 10am-11.30am. Book your free tickets here.

We’ve teamed up with friends from across the heritage world to bring a range of fun festive craft ideas to you this December! Create paper wreaths and Christmas cards with Benjamin Franklin House. Make your own angel decorations with Arts & Crafts Hammersmith (William Morris Society and Emery Walker House) and construct a snow globe with Newington Green Meeting House. There’ll be festive snacks and we’ll also play some Christmas tunes on the glass armonica, a musical instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin while he lived in London!

Most suitable for ages 5-11.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions:

  • We are limiting bookings to 30 people so please book a ticket for each adult and child in your group
  • We will be managing the flow of people throughout the morning to ensure that there are only ever 10 visitors on each floor
  • Activities will take place in a well-ventilated historic space with hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes available
  • All staff and adult visitors are encouraged to wear a face covering

For further details, please contact our Education Manager.

Live History Class for Kids: The 7 Years’ War

Thursday 9 December, 4.30pm GMT/11.30am ET. Register here for this 30-minute class.

Join our virtual history classes on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 4.30pm GMT to learn about to key events in early American history. Together we will uncover the past and develop historical skills!

In this class, we’ll find out about the 7 Year’s War when Britain and France went to war over the colonies. We’ll explore how this sewed the seeds of the American Revolution and create a timeline to help us remember the key stages of the conflict.

Activity materials: paper and pencil/pen

Most suitable for KS2 and KS3 (US Grades 2-8) but all ages welcome!

Live History Class for Kids: The Original 13 Colonies

Thursday 11 November, 4.30pm GMT/11.30am ET. Register here for this 30-minute class.

Join our virtual history classes on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 4.30pm GMT to learn about to key events in early American history. Together we will uncover the past and develop historical skills!

In this class, we’ll discover how the original 13 colonies were founded then run and the industries which developed there. We’ll then create our own historic map of early America!

Activity materials: paper, pencil and coloured pencils

Most suitable for KS2 and KS3 (US Grades 2-8) but all ages welcome!