Fireworks, Franklin & the Fourth

In the run up to American Independence Day, Dr. Simon Werret will explore fireworks in Benjamin Franklin’s time, highlighting the differences and similarities between celebrating with in 18th century Britain and America. Simon will reveal how Franklin’s famous electricity experiments are connected to the history of fireworks.

Thursday June 28, 6.30pm

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Festive Candlelit Tours, December 6th, 13th and 20th at 6.30pm

Step back in time and experience the House in true eighteenth-century style this winter, with our festive candlelit tours. Mulled wine and mince pies in Franklin’s parlour before exploring the House and its unique history.

Thursday 6 December, 6.30pm

Thursday 13 December, 6,30pm

Thursday 20 December, 6.30pm

£10/per person

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Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday 28 November, 7.30pm

An American Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings will take place at magnificent Clothworkers’ Hall. Roast turkey (and stuffing and vegetables and of course pumpkin pie) will be a highlight.  Franklin, in addition to suggesting the turkey become one of America’s national symbols, practised cooking it as part of his early work on electricity.

Thursday 28 November, 7.30pm

Tickets: £90/Adults £50/Children

Further details or to book email info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

The US Elections, Washington Politics and the Prospects for 2020, Wednesday 14 November, 6.30pm

At a time when there seem to be few fixed points on the political landscape it might seem that election results at least can provide fixed points from which to look at the current and potential future of party politics in the USA. Philip Davies- Professor Emeritus of American Studies, De Montfort University and Former Director, Eccles Centre for American Studies, The British Library- will reflect on the lessons that can be taken from the US elections of Tuesday 6th November and whether they provide a reasonable lens through which to look forward to 2020.

Wednesday 14 November, 6.30pm

£6/per person

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Museums at Night- The Craven Street Bones

Explore the darker side of the 18th century’s pursuit of knowledge with the team at Benjamin Franklin House. As you make your way through the Grade I, Georgian building you’ll discover why over 1200 bones were unearthed in the basement. Drink included.

Saturday 27 October, 6pm and 8pm

£10/per person

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Family Day: Hallowe’en at Benjamin Franklin House

Children will meet Polly Hewson, daughter of Franklin’s landlady, to hear some ghoulishly good Hallowe’en stories followed by gruesome games including Pumpkin Trick or Treat and Pin the Spider on the Web.

Tuesday 23 October, 4-5pm

Suitable for children aged 5-11 years of age

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To cure all ills?

For centuries, unqualified practitioners have sold miracle cures, raising hopes that their nostrums and devices will end the misery of illness.

In this talk, relevant to the House’s connection to medical history, Caroline Rance of www.thequackdoctor.com looks at the ‘quacks’ of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, exploring how they persuaded people to trust them, what the medical profession thought of them, and why patients have consistently seen them as an attractive option.

Thursday 13 September, 6.30pm

£6/per person

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Concordia Concert

Thursday 19 September, 7pm

We will be hosting an evening in keeping with Franklin’s love of 18th century music in association with our Craven Street neighbours, the Concordia Foundation, which serves young musicians.

Anna Kondrashina on flute and Lise Vandersmissen on harp will delight us with a recital that aims to reflect Franklin’s creative way of thinking in their music choice and interpretation.

£25/per person, includes refreshments

For more information please email info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

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Summer Fete

Our annual Summer Fete will take place in collaboration with special guests from the world of heritage, and will include activities for all the family. The Fete will be held in the lovely gardens of Leighton House Museum so bring a picnic!

Saturday 4 August, 11am-4pm
Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Rd, London W14 8LZ

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Donations welcome

Family Day: Bones in the Basement

Come along and search for bones in the basement at Benjamin Franklin House. Become an archaeologist for the morning and help uncover the history of this Georgian townhouse.

Saturday July 20 10.30am-12pm

Most suitable for children aged 8-11 years old, though younger siblings are welcome.

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