22 November 2013

Benjamin Franklin House Blog - November 2013

We have achieved a great deal at Benjamin Franklin House in 2013, including reaching our visitor target for the year! We have now welcomed over 70,000 people to the House since we opened on 17 January 2006, with the majority seeing our unique Historical Experience. 

Benjamin Franklin resided at the House (located at 36 Craven Street in Westminster) for nearly sixteen years between 1757-1775 and we aim to share his legacy of innovation and diplomacy with all. The House serves many different functions as a dynamic museum, an education facility, and a venue for hire. In the autumn the building has been used multiple times as a filming location for the BBC, including for the Culture Show and BBC Horizon. In addition our diverse events programme has featured lectures, family days, concerts, and receptions including a special US Independence Day celebration.

Next week over 140 guests will join us for our sold out annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the spectacular Butchers’ Hall on 28 November. Thanksgiving is a key event in the annual American holiday calendar. It is traditionally a time for giving thanks, which began with the Pilgrims in the 17th century, took on renewed significance after the American Civil War, and carries forward today.  Our Thanksgiving Dinner will be a traditional feast featuring turkey with all the trimmings. Franklin suggested that the turkey become one of America’s national symbols, and also practiced cooking it as part of his early work on electricity.  We are very grateful to our event sponsors Bloomberg and Whole Foods, who will be kindly donating delicious pumpkin pies for our dessert.

We still have tickets available for our Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday 14 December, 11am. With Christmas just around the corner, children will discover the magic of the season – 18th century style – with crafts and treats. We will sing along to festive classics such as ’Silent Night’ and ’Jingle Bells’ with accompaniment on the Glass Armonica, Franklin’s musical instrument. Enjoy mince pies and deck the halls with a Christmas wreath to make and take home! The event is suitable for 5-11 year olds. Tickets are £5 per child and free for adults. To book phone our Box Office on +44(0) 20 7925 1405 (open 10.30am-5pm everyday except Tuesday) or email education@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

We look forward to reaching many more milestones and hosting some fantastic events in 2014! Visit our website www.BenjaminFranklinHouse.org for news and updates.


By Sally James, Operations Manager at Benjamin Franklin House

Image: 2012 Benjamin Franklin House Thanksgiving Dinner at the Butchers' Hall