Tours and tall stories at Benjamin Franklin House for Museums at Night

By Rebecca Lucas | 15 April 2009
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A picture of ancient artefacts and a pair of candles on a wooden table

Emmy Award winning actor Peter Coyote and Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton are among the stars of Museum at Night at Benjamin Franklin House

Visitors to this year’s Museums at Night can relive American Founding Father Benjamin Franklin’s London years by stepping inside his only remaining house.

A Historical Experience show, featuring cutting edge sound, visual projection and live performance, dramatically retells Franklin’s eventful life.

A picture of a skull and two candles

Sound, projections and live performance accompany chilling tales

Emmy Award winning actor Peter Coyote provides the voice of Franklin, while Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton re-enacts his landlady, Margaret Stevenson.

The show has received more than 20,000 visitors since opening in January 2006, and is followed by a spooky candlelit tour the following evening, focusing on former inhabitant William Hewson.

A picture of a tall brick house on a street

Franklin lived at the London House in the 18th century

Hewson founded a private anatomy school at 36 Craven Street in 1772 and, during conservation, remnants of his work – including more than 2,000 human and animal bones – were found buried beneath the floor.

The excursions will explore the beautiful Georgian building before offering attendees a glass of wine and chilling tales of the grisly discovery of the Craven Street bones and the body snatchers who worked for Hewson’s school of surgery.

Historical Experience shows takes place on May 15 2009 at 6.15pm and 7.15pm, tickets £7/£5, call 020 7839 2006. Tours of the Craven Street Bones also take place on May 16 at 8pm and 9pm, tickets £8/£10. Call 020 7839 2006

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