If your school, class or group in unable to attend a visit to Benjamin Franklin House, fear not! Benjamin Franklin House can visit YOU!

Our fantastic Outreach Programme offers in-school and virtual alternatives to our main onsite offering here at 36 Craven Street. Our Education Manager offers a variety of sessions for KS1-2 students, all of which are FREE of charge!


For schools located in London Zones 1-6;

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

FREE  Science Workshops (Suitable for Year 3-6)

We offer three 60min workshops that we bring to schools. Each workshop is tied to a different topic in the KS2 Science curriculum. All sessions begin with a short presentation followed by a small investigation/experiment for pupils to carry out in class. The workshops on offer are;

Electricity – Pupils learn about how Benjamin Franklin became known as the Newton of Electricity and his famous Key and Kite experiment. The class will then be able to conduct some electrical experiments themselves using balloons to create, observe and demonstrate the effects of static electricity.

The Human Body – Pupils learn about the history of the bones that were discovered in the Benjamin Franklin House basement and their role in the history of medicine. Pupils will focus on the human skeleton to successfully identify the major bones of the body. To consolidate their learning, each pupil will then create their own diagram diagram using cotton swaps and lots of glue!

Forces – Pupils learn about push/pull forces as well as Benjamin Franklin’s experiments with water and air resistance that he conducted in the English Lake District and the canals of Holland. They will also learn about his experience of witnessing the first ever manned hot air balloon flight take place in 18th century Paris. For their experiment, pupils will craft parachutes and test the effects of air resistance on the other push/pull forces in action.

All materials will be provided by Benjamin Franklin House.

Classroom visit timings; 60mins per session.

Visits can be booked for Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays in term time.

Up to 30 pupils per session.

If you would like to book a free in-school visit, please complete our Outreach Visit Booking Form.

Alternatively please email – education@benjaminfranklinhouse.org


We also offer more creative workshops for pupils that explore subjects including History, Art and Design & Technology. These are most suitable for (Years 1-4).

You can select the theme of the visit from our list of workshops below;

  • Inside Benjamin Franklin’s House – Pupils explore Georgian architecture, history and culture as they create their very own Georgian townhouses in the style of Benjamin Franklin House.
  • Become and Inventor Pupils explore the various inventions and innovations of Benjamin Franklin before being invited to follow in his footsteps and create blueprints for their very own.
  • Look at Me! Pupils explore the art or Georgian portraiture with an introduction to some exciting Art History skills before creating a portrait/collage of themselves.

Classroom visit timings; 60-90mins per session.

Up to 30 pupils per session.

If you would like to book a free in-school visit, please complete our Outreach Visit Booking Form.

Alternatively please email – education@benjaminfranklinhouse.org


For schools located outside of London or the UK:

We also offer a virtual visit from our Education Manager that includes an overview of the life of Benjamin Franklin, a tour of Benjamin Franklin House, and a Science demonstration of your choice!

These demonstrations are;

  • The True Nature of LightningRecreating Franklin’s experiments with electricity using a Tesla Coil and a miniature kite and key!
  • Inventing the ArmonicaAn exploration into the topic of Sound as well as the musical instrument he created here at 36 Craven Street, the Glass Armonica!

Virtual offer timings; 30-45mins per session.

Format; Available via Zoom, Teams or Google Meet.

If you would like to book a free virtual visit, please complete our Virtual Visit Booking Form.

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

Children listening to a talk
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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  • 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