Primary Schools Visits

Our award winning education days take place every Tuesday in the House’s Student Science Centre. Visits support the National Curriculum in history, science, English, design and technology, mathematics and citizenship; an overview can be found here.

Based on the London life and work of Benjamin Franklin, we provide hands-on activities that capture children’s imaginations. On a visit to the House children will:

  • See the Children’s Historical Experience, an interactive walk through the historic rooms of the House accompanied by Polly, the daughter of Franklin’s landlady enriched through our vibrant Franklin Illuminations projected onto the walls
  • Visit the Medical History Room with its emphasis on the pioneering science of Dr. William Hewson, Polly’s husband, who ran an anatomy school at 36 Craven Street
  • Be challenged to identify various Craven Street-related objects in the Discovery Room with fun computer games
  • Observe a live science demonstration. Choose from:
    • The True Nature of Lightning
    • Inventing the Armonica
    • Investigating Canals

Although particularly relevant to Key Stage 2 (7 to 11-year-olds), a visit can be tailored for all Key Stages, providing curriculum enrichment opportunities for students with a wide variety of interests.

Sessions run each Tuesday from 10.30am-12pm or 1-2.30pm with a maximum of 30 students per session. To book or for more information please contact the Education Manager or download a Teacher’s Pack.

Download the booking form here.


Literary Prize

Enter our 2020 Literary Prize Competition. Entrants must be aged 18-25 years and living in the UK

The quote for 2020 is ‘Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended’ Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1750.. Entrants should interpret this quote for its significance today. Entries must be received by 31 October 2020.