Virtual Talk: American Sheet Music at the British Library

Although once disregarded by historians as sentimental and ephemeral, today American sheet music is valued for the unique light it sheds upon the nation’s concerns and aspirations. In this talk, Eccles Centre for American Studies librarian Jean Petrovic will share items held at the British Library. She will consider how this music moved ‘from the sacred to the secular and from the timeless to the timely’ and will explore how songs associated with World War I and the movement for female suffrage captured, reflected – and possibly even shaped – the cultural and political zeitgeist.

Image: Marie Zimmerman, Votes for Women. Suffrage Rallying Song. Philadelphia: E.M. Zimmerman, 1915. British Library shelfmark: H.3992.r.(18)

American Independence Day Tours

Join us for a special reopening celebration of Independence Day at Benjamin Franklin House and enjoy a 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.

Buy your tickets here.

Tours times are:

Saturday July 4th: 2pm and 3pm

Sunday July 5th: 2pm and 3pm

To ensure we keep everyone safe:

  • We are limiting group sizes to 4 people from separate households. If your group has more than 4 people from your household, please contact us at info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org or +44 207 839 2006 to arrange your booking
  • All staff and visitors (excluding those exempt under current UK government guidance) will be required to wear a mask inside the House – on entry, visitors will find a station with hand sanitiser, masks, and gloves
  • Our staff will be regularly cleaning the public areas throughout the days we are open to the public to ensure a safe environment

We look forward to welcoming you again to Benjamin Franklin’s only surviving home in fulfilment of our mission to bring history and innovation to life!

Benjamin Franklin House Team

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 and 5 July.  Please make a booking for this special celebration here.

Following, we will be open Friday-Sunday12-5 for Architectural Tours from Friday, 10 July.  We hope to begin running our primary offering, the Historical Experience, before the close of summer.

Please make a booking for Architectural Tours here.

Changes to ensure the safety of visitors and staff

To ensure we keep everyone safe:

  • We are limiting group sizes to 4 people from separate households. If your group has more than 4 people from your household, please contact us at info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org or +44 207 839 2006 to arrange your booking
  • All staff and visitors (excluding those exempt under current UK government guidance) will be required to wear a mask inside the House – on entry, visitors will find a station with hand sanitiser, masks, and gloves
  • Our staff will be regularly cleaning the public areas throughout the days we are open to the public to ensure a safe environment

We look forward to welcoming you again to Benjamin Franklin’s only surviving home in fulfilment of our mission to bring history and innovation to life!

Benjamin Franklin House Team

Polymath Festival at Benjamin Franklin House (Postponed)

Postponed until autumn 2020

Benjamin Franklin was the archetypical Enlightenment polymath. Known to most as a Founding Father of the United States, he also made many intellectual, institutional and social contributions as a celebrated publisher, entrepreneur, writer, philosopher, scientist, inventor, diplomat and statesman.

As part of the Polymath Festival, Benjamin Franklin House stages an immersive tour of the world’s only remaining home of Benjamin Franklin with a drama that seamlessly blends live interpretation and cutting edge sound, lighting, and visual projection to tell the rich story of Benjamin Franklin’s 16 polymathic years in London.

Ultimately, the tour begs a fundamental question: what can Franklin’s approach to life and work teach us today?

Learn more about the Polymath Festival here.

 

Emerge Festival

Friday 27 September, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

As part of the Emerge Festival, a celebration of London-wide culture, we will offer evening views of the House, along with a demonstration of Franklin’s glass armonica.

Ticket available via the Emerge Festival website here

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

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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

Book tickets via eventbrite

Museums at Night- The Craven Street Bones

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

Book tickets via eventbrite

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.