The Scholarship Centre is named for Robert H. Smith, a great man, who believed in and supported the potential of Franklin’s only remaining home. The Scholarship Centre features a full set of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, as catalogued by Yale University.
In May 2010, the inaugural Robert H. Smith Annual Lecture in American Democracy took place in association with the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, to honour Robert H. Smith, who was passionate about the roots and reach of American Democracy.
A key Scholarship Centre initiative is the annual Benjamin Franklin House Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, which features leading speakers in fields such as science, politics, and business discussing issues inspired by Franklin’s life and work.
Under the banner of the Scholarship Centre we run an active internship programme for university students from the US, UK, and farther afield, and 40 public events per year.