Outreach

We offer an outreach programme to suit all ages ranging from our travelling suitcase full of Benjamin Franklin related objects, to a variety of engaging Science and History classes.

If your school or class is unable to visit the museum, we offer a tailored Outreach Programme as an alternative to the School Visit.

For schools located outside of London or the UK:

All schools that visit the House are given a choice of Science demonstrations to be performed by the Education Manager; each of these can be performed virtually for your class. These demonstrations are;

  • The True Nature of Lightning
  • Inventing the Armonica
  • Investigating Canals

In addition to this, a guided virtual tour will also be available as well as a short introduction to Benjamin Franklin and his time at 36 Craven Street.

Virtual offer timings; (30mins) or (1hr) per session.

For schools located within London Zones 1-4;

If you are unable to visit, but located in London, our Education Manager can also travel to you as part of our Outreach Programme. In-school visits will introduce students to Benjamin Franklin, 36 Craven Street, Georgian England and 18th Century Science.

The second half of the workshop will then explore one of three themed activities;

  • Become and Inventor
  • Look at Me!
  • Franklin’s Fables

Classroom visit timings; (45min) or (1hr) per session.

Up to 30 pupils per session.

For more information, or to book, please contact our Education Manager.

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Artworks of portraits on a display board in a primary school
Travel suitcase containing artefacts relating to Benjamin Franklin
Collaged illustration of people at playing marbles

Become an Inventor

Become an Inventor explores the process of invention - some discoveries come about accidentally; others are the result of many years of research and experimentation. This workshop delves into some of Franklin’s key inventions and allows students to become inventors for the day.

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Look At Me!

Look At Me! introduces children to the concept of portraiture as practised in Georgian times. Children discover how to look for clues in a person’s portrait as to their profession or role in society and apply their learning to create their own self-portrait collage.

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Franklin’s Fables

Ben Franklin was a brilliant writer, who created famous aphorisms and wrote an autobiography which is widely studied today. Franklin’s Fables uses illustrations created by the House’s Illustrator in Residence, Kremena Dimitrova, and real life objects to inspire storytelling. Children write stories about Benjamin Franklin and his time at 36 Craven Street. 

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Our Constitution

Our Constitution helps develop pupils’ understanding of the arguments for and against a codified British Constitution, taking the US Constitution which Franklin helped craft, as both inspiration and challenge. To encourage political interest and democratic participation, pupils are challenged to choose five key principles they would like to see enshrined in a hypothetical, codified British Constitution.

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  • 5 Feb 2018

    One of my favourite parts was seeing how the different conductors and insulators work for the lightning rod, and how metal is better than plastic.

    Year 5 pupil
  • 5 Jan 2018

    What I liked about today’s visit was that the activities were very fun and educating.

    Year 4 pupil
  • 5 Nov 2017

    Great session, loved the replicas and the links to both female and male inventors, very inspiring.

    Year 6 teacher