Family Day: Up, up and away!

Franklin famously used a kite to show that lightning was a natural form of electricity in Philadelphia. He also watched the first manned ascent of a Montgolfier hot air balloon in Paris. Join us to carry out investigations into the forces which affect flight!

Most suitable for ages 8-11.

You can watch the virtual segment below:

How to make a model parachute:

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact

Virtual Children’s Summer Fete 2020

Although we’re not able to hold the annual Benjamin Franklin House Children’s Summer Fete this year, we’ve still teamed up with our friends from across the heritage world bring a range of fun craft ideas to you virtually!

Follow the links below to find out more:

Benjamin Franklin House: Monoprinting

John Wesley’s House: Music Makers

Arts & Crafts Hammersmith: Mobile and Sunflower

Leighton House: Make and Create

Newington Green Meeting House: Craftivism Protest Banner

Don’t forget to send in photos of your creations to for your chance to win one of our Benjamin Franklin House sticker books!

Virtual Children’s Summer Fete: Newington Green Meeting House

Craftivism Protest Banner

Mary Wollstonecraft was just one of the revolutionary figures who visited the Newington Green Meeting House. Watch this video to find out how to create your own protest banner, as part of the craftivism series they are running throughout the summer. If you would rather read the instructions, you can download them here.

Don’t forget to send a photo of your creations to for your chance to win a sticker book!

Virtual Children’s Summer Fete: Leighton House Museum

Make and Create with Leighton House Museum

Welcome to Leighton House, Kensington, the magical home of celebrated Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton.

Do you like stories full of mystery, drama, love and adventure? So did Leighton! He was inspired by the myths of Ancient Greece and Rome to create some of his best known paintings and the Narcissus Hall in his home.

Be inspired too!  Make and create with our five activity packs, and listen to these wonderful stories told by our professional storyteller, Vanessa Woolf (@londondreamtime).


Don’t forget to send a photo of your creations to for your chance to win a sticker book!

Virtual Children’s Summer Fete: Arts & Crafts Hammersmith (a partnership between Emery Walker’s House and the William Morris Society)

Let’s Make a Sunflower!

The William Morris Society promotes all aspects of the life and work of William Morris (1834-1896) and runs a small museum at his former home, Kelmscott House in Hammersmith. Download the instructions to make your own sunflower, inspired by Morris’ designs, here.


Let’s Make a Mobile!

The Emery Walker Trust conserves, maintains and displays Emery Walker’s House at 7 Hammersmith Terrace and its contents, and promotes the advancement of the study and appreciation of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Download the instructions to make your own Arts & Crafts mobile here.


Don’t forget to send a photo of your creations to for your chance to win a sticker book!


Virtual Children’s Summer Fete: John Wesley’s House

Music Makers

Gemma from the Museum of Methodism and John Wesley’s House will be showing us how to make a rattle drum. The inspiration for the activity is Charles Wesley, John’s brother, who along with John was one of the founders of the Methodist Church. Charles was a talented musician and writer, he wrote over 6000 hymns! So, join in and become Music Makers too! If you would rather read the instructions, you can download them here.

Don’t forget to send a photo of your creations to for your chance to win a sticker book!

Virtual Children’s Summer Fete: Benjamin Franklin House

How to make a monoprint

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin started out as a printer? Follow the steps outlined in the video below to create your own simple monoprint. If you would rather read the instructions, you can download them here. You might like to include images which link to Franklin’s life, like his famous kite and key experiment.

Don’t forget to send a photo of your prints to for your chance to win a sticker book!

Virtual Talk: American Sheet Music at the British Library

Although once disregarded by historians as sentimental and ephemeral, today American sheet music is valued for the unique light it sheds upon the nation’s concerns and aspirations. In this talk, Eccles Centre for American Studies librarian Jean Petrovic will share items held at the British Library. She will consider how this music moved ‘from the sacred to the secular and from the timeless to the timely’ and will explore how songs associated with World War I and the movement for female suffrage captured, reflected – and possibly even shaped – the cultural and political zeitgeist.

Image: Marie Zimmerman, Votes for Women. Suffrage Rallying Song. Philadelphia: E.M. Zimmerman, 1915. British Library shelfmark: H.3992.r.(18)

Virtual Talk: Benjamin Franklin and Black Lives Matter

Benjamin Franklin was born at a time when the abhorrent practice of slaveholding was common.  He was initially accepting of owning slaves, and came to London with two black servants, Peter and King, who became free on arrival in Britain.  His years on Craven Street led to a fundamental transformation. House Director, Dr. Márcia Balisciano, will explain how Franklin became the American founder who campaigned against slavery, spending his last days as the President of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.

This event was free to attend but we would ask attendees to consider making a voluntary donation here to support Benjamin Franklin House continue to share Franklin’s story as we begin to reopen to the public.

Watch the full talk and Q&A here:

American Independence Day Tours

Join us for a special reopening celebration of Independence Day at Benjamin Franklin House and enjoy a tour of the world’s only remaining Franklin home!

As a founder of the United States, Franklin was the only statesman to have signed all four documents that created a new nation, including The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris, and The Constitution. The first of these was signed on 4 July 1776.

Buy your tickets here.

Tours times are:

Saturday July 4th: 2pm and 3pm

Sunday July 5th: 2pm and 3pm

To ensure we keep everyone safe:

  • We are limiting group sizes to 4 people from separate households. If your group has more than 4 people from your household, please contact us at or +44 207 839 2006 to arrange your booking
  • All staff and visitors (excluding those exempt under current UK government guidance) will be required to wear a mask inside the House – on entry, visitors will find a station with hand sanitiser, masks, and gloves
  • Our staff will be regularly cleaning the public areas throughout the days we are open to the public to ensure a safe environment

We look forward to welcoming you again to Benjamin Franklin’s only surviving home in fulfilment of our mission to bring history and innovation to life!

Benjamin Franklin House Team