08 July 2014

Benjamin Franklin House Blog - July 2014

Benjamin Franklin House is the world’s only remaining home of Franklin – the famous scientist, inventor, printer and Founding Father of the United States. Built circa 1730, the Grade I listed Georgian House is located on Craven Street near Trafalgar Square. The summer is always a busy time for us as we welcome visitors from around the world and we host some of our key public events.

On 4 July we celebrated US Independence Day with a party at the House featuring bunting, balloons, cake, and bubbly! Franklin was the only US 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. Franklin showed great leadership when participating in the formation of the United States.

We have been thinking about leadership over the last few weeks as we awarded the inaugural Benjamin Franklin House Medal for Leadership to Michael R. Bloomberg at a ceremony and dinner at Mansion House on 16 June. The event was attended by over 220 people, including the US Ambassador to Britain, Matthew Barzun. The Medal, designed by Sir Anish Kapoor, one of the world's great sculptors, recognises Franklin's foresight, wisdom, humour, and humanity, essential qualities of leadership as important in the 21st century as they were in Franklin’s day. Bloomberg is a modern leader who, like Franklin, has set a standard for excellence and commitment in public service, business, and the arts. A special thank you to our sponsors, suppliers, and attendees.

We have an exciting concert planned for Thursday 24 July in collaboration with our neighbours at the Concordia Music Foundation. For the first time, we’ll be hosting a harp concert in Franklin’s parlour with a programme including pieces by Bach, Handel, Mozart and more! Tickets are £20 including refreshments and booking is essential. Phone 020 7839 2006 to book your ticket. 

On a personal note, I’ll be leaving Benjamin Franklin House in mid-August to join the National Trust. I started with the House as a volunteer nearly 7 years ago! It’s been a pleasure to serve in my current role for the last 5 years and it is lovely to finish my time here following such a positive period for the House. It’s been honour to act as a London Shh committee member and I wish the group continued success! 

 

By Sally James, Operations Manager at Benjamin Franklin House

7 July 2014