“Believing this News would be agreeable to our Friends, I take the first Opportunity of communicating it to you; and hope that nothing will happen in the meantime, to change the favourable Sentiments towards us” – Benjamin Franklin, London 1769
Benjamin Franklin House is now open to the public in line with UK government guidelines. From 10 July, we will be open Friday-Sunday, 12-5 for Architectural Tours. We hope to begin running our primary offering, the Historical Experience, before the close of summer.
“Resources like these provide bright moments in these strange, unprecedented times.” 2nd Grade Teacher at William B. Bimat Elementary School in Bakersfield, CA
Changing the World: Writing resources for upper KS2
In collaboration with Newington Green Meeting House and Museum of Methodism & John Wesley’s House, we have created digital resources for upper KS2 (US Grades 4-5) to inspire their writing. All of our unique historical sites about making the world a better place and celebrating people that championed these changes. You can view the lessons and download accompanying worksheets below:
You can download the Newington Green Meeting House resources here.
You can download the Museum of Methodism & John Wesley’s House resources here.
Feel free to reach out to our Education Manager with your ideas about Ben and how we can support children’s learning.
Based on the London life and work of one of the main figures of the Enlightenment – Benjamin Franklin, our unique educational offerings include the Children’s Historical Experience, featuring an interactive live performance and the Student Science Centre’s hands-on structured and fun activities that capture children’s imagination.
All schools can enjoy Ben’s Travelling Suitcase which our Education Manager takes to schools, bringing our in-House learning into the classroom. We also provide a range of other educational events, including Science on Stage and our Frankly Speaking Debate Contest.
Primary Schools Visits
Our award-winning education days take place every Tuesday in the House’s Student Science Centre. Based on the London life and work of Benjamin Franklin, our engaging activities link to and illuminate the National Curriculum.
Ben’s Travelling Suitcase is a valise full of Franklin at Craven Street-related objects with exciting corresponding activities which our Education Manager brings to local schools. We also offer free talks by our experts to community groups, including networks for the elderly.
While Benjamin Franklin made lasting contributions in many fields, his first passion was writing. Each year a question or quote exploring Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. The competition is exclusively for young writers, aged 18-25, with a first prize of £750, and a second prize of £500.
In his role as a colonial agent, and later as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Franklin regularly had to advance his opinions in the face of challenge and criticism. In that spirit, and to encourage tomorrow’s thinkers today, Benjamin Franklin House proudly holds the annual Frankly Speaking Debate Competition for upper secondary school students, in collaboration with the US Embassy London, Bloomberg and the DAR. The winner joins students from across Europe and the United States at the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute.
Through the Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre we offer an active volunteer programme for university students from the US, UK, and farther afield, as well as some 40 stimulating public events each year.