Events

Event Date: 16 April 2020 - 31 December 2021

Virtual Talks Available Online!

Find out about upcoming virtual events hosted by Benjamin Franklin House. If you missed one of our past events, they are available on demand on their respective event pages and through our YouTube channel.
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Event Date: 21 April 2021

Ben’s Book Club: ‘White Fury’ by Christer Petley

Join us for the April instalment of Ben’s Book Club, a monthly virtual gathering looking at themes relating to Benjamin Franklin, the 18th century, and American history.

This month we will be talking to Christer Petley about his book ‘White Fury’, which tells the story of sugar planter Simon Taylor, one of the wealthiest and most influential slaveholders of the eighteenth-century British empire.
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The Schoolmaster's Return (1825, etching) which shows a class of schoolboys misbehaving and the schoolmaster coming through the door.
Event Date: 22 April 2021

Live History Class for Kids: Education and Etiquette

Join our virtual history classes on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 4:30pm BST to learn about key aspects of the Georgian period, when Benjamin Franklin was living in London. Together we will uncover the past and develop historical skills!
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Event Date: 24 April 2021

Franklin’s Young Inventors Science Club: Static Electricity

Franklin's Young Inventors is our science club for aspiring scientists in Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14). Participants will learn all about the experiments carried out by Benjamin Franklin and his British friends as well as trying their hand at practical investigations.
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Event Date: 27 April 2021

Franklin’s Young Inventors Science Club: Electric Current

Franklin's Young Inventors is our science club for aspiring scientists in Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14). Participants will learn all about the experiments carried out by Benjamin Franklin and his British friends as well as trying their hand at practical investigations.
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A portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Duplessis 1778
Event Date: 28 April 2021

House Talk: Benjamin Franklin and the Art of Diplomacy by Dr Márcia Balisciano

Printer, philosopher, author, scientist and inventor are among the guises of the famous Dr. Franklin. But Benjamin Franklin House Director, Dr. Márcia Balisciano, will argue his role as a diplomat was among his most important and lasting contributions.
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Event Date: 17 May 2021

Virtual Talk: The Trials of James Graham in the Revolutionary Atlantic World

Dr. James P. Ambuske, Digital History at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and co-director of the Scottish Court of Session Digital Archive Project at the University of Virginia Law Library, will discuss Graham’s journey from slavery to freedom and the questions that his case raised in an increasingly complicated revolutionary world.
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Event Date: 19 May 2021

Ben’s Book Club: ‘Fanny Burney: her life’ by Kate Chisholm

Join us for the May instalment of Ben’s Book Club, a monthly virtual gathering looking at themes relating to Benjamin Franklin, the 18th century, and American history. This month we will be talking to Kate Chisholm about her book ‘Fanny Burney: her life’, which tells the story of Fanny Burney, who is best known for her book Evelina, one of the most engaging novels of the eighteenth century. Over the course of her long life, she was also an incomparable diarist, witnessing both the madness of George III and the young Queen Victoria's coronation.  
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