For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin – scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor, Founding Father of the United States and more – lived at 36 Craven Street. see map here.
In the mid 1700s Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania (1706-1790) and other leaders (becoming known as the Founding Fathers of the United States) began promoting a sense of American collective identity amongst the then 13 separate British colonies that stretched the length of the continent’s eastern coast. Responding to popular grievances against London, they set up a Continental Congress in 1774, which declared independence from Great Britain in 1776, set up state governments, and formed a new nation, the United States.
Benjamin Franklin House is a museum in a terraced Georgian house at 36 Craven Street, London, close to Trafalgar Square – on map here. It is the only surviving former residence of Benjamin Franklin. The house dates from circa 1730, and Franklin lived and worked there for sixteen years. The museum opened to the public on 17 January 2006. More here.
You can get a feel for the events that lead up to the Declaration of Independence of 4th July 1776 from this clip from the musical ‘1776’.
The strategic policies for Benjamin Franklin House are set by its Board of Governors which includes Chairman John Studzinski and Director Dr Márcia Balisciano.