Benjamin Franklin in London
(see below for Upcoming Talks)
BBC Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’ (15-19 2016 February, with Sunday Omnibus edition on BBC Radio 4 Extra and 30 days on BBC i-player)
Podcast: BBC History Magazine (50-minute in-conversation at Benjamin Franklin House, London, with Rob Attar) click here
Podcast: Dan Snow’s History Hit (35-minute in-conversation with Dan Snow on the extraordinary Dr Franklin) click here
Podcast: Ben Franklin’s World (50-minute in-conversation with Liz Covart about the fullness of Dr Franklin) click here
RNNTV New York (interview aired on 4 July) click here
For Benjamin Franklin in London quotes and reviews click here
2017/18 (UK & USA)
(Benjamin Franklin in London — unless specified)
Upcoming from September 2017 onwards
Tuesday 19 September, 7.15pm – Wynkyn de Worde Society, Artworkers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 (Member and Guest Event)
Tuesday 17 October, 7.30pm – Historical Association West Surrey Branch, St Nicholas’s Hall, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4AW ‘Fatal Colours: The disastrous reign of Henry VI and the 1st War of the Roses, culminating in Towton – England’s Most Brutal Battle’
Saturday 21 October, 11.00 am — St Anne’s, Kew Green, Kew, Surrey, TW9 3AA (refreshments in the parish room from 10.30 am) Further information and ticketing In association with the Kew Bookshop.
Tuesday 24 October, 7.30pm – Kilmington & Stourton W.I., Stourton Village Hall, Stourton, BA12 6QE
Thursday 16 November, 7.00pm — Benjamin Franklin House Annual Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library at the British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB Book Here
Saturday 18 November, Morning (As part of “Further Stories of London – A Day of Talks Exploring London’s History”) on behalf of Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA. Book Here
Sunday 26 November, 10.20am – BBC History Magazine History Weekend (York) on Fatal Colours – Towton 1461: England’s Bloodiest Battle. Book Here
Saturday 13 January 2018, 2.30pm – Johnson Society of London, Wesley’s Chapel, 49 City Rd, London EC1Y 1AU
Tuesday 6 February, 12.45pm — Historical Society of the Department of Transport (Private Event)
Monday 19 February, 11.00 am – The Kensington Society at Benjamin Franklin House (Private Event)
Monday 26 March, 1.45 for 2.00pm – Historic Royal Palaces at the Tower of London. “Henry VI, the first Wars of the Roses King murdered in the Tower: his long and troubled reign.” on Fatal Colours – Towton 1461: England’s Bloodiest Battle. Further details to follow.
Date tbc in late April , Morning — (As part of “Yet Further Stories of London – A Day of Talks Exploring London’s History”) “London & the fight for power during the Wars of the Roses” based on Fatal Colours – Towton 1461: England’s Bloodiest Battle on behalf of Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA
Thursday 19 July, 7.30 pm – Battle & District Historical Society (BDHS), Battle, East Sussex
Previous 2017 Talks
Tuesday 17 January – Walter Hines Page Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution at the Institute of Directors, London SW1 (Private After Dinner Event)
Tuesday 14 February – The American Women of Surrey (Private Event)
Saturday 25 March – Clan Campbell Society of North America, Ritz Carlton Hotel, New Orleans (Private After Dinner Event) on Fatal Rivalry: James IV, Henry VIII and the Battle of Flodden
Monday 27 March, 4.00pm – Boca Grande Community Center, Florida (Private Event)
Thursday 30 March, 7.00pm – Washington Library (The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington), Mount Vernon, Virginia. The First in the 3-part Michelle Smith Lecture Series also featuring Louisa Thomas and Alan Taylor. Further details and to book
Wednesday 19 April, 4.00pm – Jefferson Library (The Robert H. Smith Center for Jefferson Studies), Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia. For Advance posting of all Monticello Events . For more information on 19 April event: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 29 April, Evening Event – District of Columbia Daughters of the American Revolution (Private Event)
Friday 5 May, 6.00pm for 6.30pm – Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004. For further information and to book
Monday 8 May, 12 noon – Metropolitan Club, Washington DC (Private Event)
Monday 8 May, 7.00pm – Royal Oak Evening Event at The Fund for American Studies, 1706 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC. For further information and registration
Wednesday 10 May, 6.15pm – Royal Oak Evening Event at The General Society Library,
20 West 44th Street, New York, NY. For further information and registration
Thursday 11 May, 6.00pm – Royal Oak Evening Event at New England Historic
Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. For further information and registration
Monday 15 May, 6.00 for 6.30pm – Royal Oak and the Union League of Philadelphia, at the Union League on Fatal Rivalry: Henry VIII and James IV’s Decisive Battle for Renaissance Britain. For further information and registration
Saturday 20 May – West Wycombe House, National Trust (Private Event)
Monday 19 June, 2.00 pm – Historic Royal Palaces at Hampton Court Palace in the Garden Room on Fatal Rivalry: James IV, Henry VIII and the Battle of Flodden (Members Event)
Thursday 29 June, 3.30 pm – Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, Church Bottom, Broad Chalke, Wiltshire SP5 5DS, on ‘Fatal Colours – Towton 1461: England’s Bloodiest Battle’ Further information
Thursday 29 June, 6.30pm – Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, Church Bottom, Broad Chalke, Wiltshire SP5 5DS, on Benjamin Franklin in London. Further information
Franklin Talks in 2016
Thursday 25 February – Reform Club, Thackeray Society (Private Event)
Thursday 17 March – London Historians at Benjamin Franklin House, Craven Street, WC2. See Extra Date (28 April) below
Thursday 28 April, 6.30 pm – London Historians at Benjamin Franklin House, Craven Street, WC2. To book
Early July – US Talk Events in Pennsylvania
Wednesday 6 July & Tuesday 12 July – ‘Benjamin Franklin and the American People’ – NEH-sponsored 2016 summer teachers’ workshop, Department of History, La Salle University, Philadelphia
Wednesday 6 July, at 5.30pm for 6pm – American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, click here
Thursday 7 July, 7.30pm – David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing, click here
Thursday 14 July, 6.00pm for 6.30pm – Union League of Philadelphia (Private Event)
Monday 18 July, at 2.15 pm – Buxton Festival, in the Pavilion Arts Centre. More information
Saturday 17 September, 5.45 pm — Chiswick Book Festival More information
Wednesday 28 September, 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start — Historic Royal Palaces, New Armouries Banqueting Suite at the Tower of London (Members Evening Event) More information
Monday 3 October, 10.15 am – AWBS at Benjamin Franklin House (Private Event)
Saturday 8 October, 10.00 am – BBC History Magazine History Weekend, Winchester, More information
Wednesday 16 November, 6.30pm – Waterstones, Chiswick, London W4. More information
Sunday 20 November, 2.00 pm – BBC History Magazine History Weekend, York. More information
2014 research event
‘Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson: Britons in Protest, 1774-5 ‘ at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, Virginia – 13 October 2014
~~For details of George’s availability for talks and book groups, please e-mail email@example.com
Fatal Colours & Fatal Rivalry
Appearance on BBC Newsnight Scotland ‘Flodden Special’ – (background introduction pre-interview of 3 minutes 36 seconds). To watch the video, click here.
BBC History Magazine – September 2013 issue (cover feature article). Also see BBC History Magazine podcast page and hear George in conversation with Dave Musgrove. by clicking here
UK Illustrated Talks
Thursday 30th January – London – Reform Club (Thackeray Society) Private Event
Thursday 20th March – Richmond – Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club (Private Event)
Saturday 29th March, 10 am – Stonyhurst Literary Festival
Friday 2nd May, 12 Noon – Hexham Book Festival
Saturday 6th July – Newcastle – NEEHI (North East England History Institute Conference). See video here
Tuesday 16th July, 7.30pm – Framlingham St Michael’s Church – Flodden 500th Anniversary Lecture with Clive Hallam-Baker of Remembering Flodden.
Saturday 20th July, 3.15pm – Lewes Speakers’ Festival
Tuesday 20th August, time 6.45pm – Edinburgh International Book Festival, 10-26 August.
Saturday 31st August, 7pm – Linlithgow Burgh Halls. Tel 01506 282720.
Tuesday 3rd September, 3.00pm – Alnwick Castle.
Tuesday 3rd September, 6.30pm – Appleby’s Bookshop, Morpeth. Tel. 01670 512960.
Wednesday 4th September (7.30pm) – Paxton House, Berwick. The Annual Flodden Memorial Lecture on behalf of Remembering Flodden.
Thursday 5th, 7.30 pm – Main Street Books, St Boswell’s Tel. 01835 824087. For more information, click here
Friday 6th, 7.00pm – Forum Books, Corbridge – Tel. 01434 632931.
Saturday 7th, 7.30pm – TillVAS (Flodden Forum), Etal Village Hall.
Thursday 12th September (Evening) – The Tower of London – Historic Royal Palaces Member Event.
Saturday 14th September, 5.15pm – Chiswick Book Festival. For more information, click here
Tuesday 8th October – The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
Saturday 26th October, 10.30am – BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend – Malmesbury
Monday 4th November, 7.30 pm – Towton Battlefield Society
Monday 11th November, 7pm – Wycombe Abbey School (private event).
Wednesday 27thh November, 7.30 pm – Aynho History Society with Cole’s Bookshop (01869 320779 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saturday 7th December, 5.30pm – Waterstones, Chiswick . In conversation with Torin Douglas on “How to survive on a Wars of the Roses Battlefield”.
Saturday 14th December, 2.30pm – Norwich Assembly House – Richard III Society Norfolk Branch.
To discuss George’s availability for illustrated talks, please email him by clicking here.
TV and radio (on publication and in 2013):
2013 Fatal Colours & Henry VI publicity in collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe.
‘This wonderful book is a fascinating insight into the nature of late medieval warfare, and the farcical/tragic nature of Henry VI’s reign’. – Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director, Shakespeare’s Globe
New York Times (3rd August 2013 piece on Henry VI performance at Towton Battlefield). Read the article here
Barnet Battlefield Performance online – Henry VI Part I, with interviews with Director Nick Bagnall and with George Goodwin (post performance).
A chat with Torin Douglas about ‘How to Survive on a Wars of the Roses battlefield’ at Waterstones Chiswick. Listen to the conversation here. Good Fun!
BBC Radio 4 Today Programme Listen to the interview here
BBC TV Look North Watch here
Bloomberg ‘The World in Time with Lewis Lapham’.
In 2011/12 George’s illustrated talks included:
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival ◊ Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival ◊ The Tower of London ◊ The British Library Conference Centre ◊ Hampton Court ◊ Richard III Society AGM (Introductory Guest Speaker) & Regional Groups ◊ Towton Battlefield Society ◊ Waterstones Leeds ◊ York Mansion House (York Archaeological Trust and Waterstones) ◊ Chiswick Book Festival Extra (at Waterstones Chiswick) ◊ American Women of Surrey ◊ Harrogate Grammar School (with Waterstones Harrogate) ◊ Wakefield Central Library (with Rickaro Books) ◊ Taunton Literary Festival ◊ Pocklington School – with Simply Books of Pocklington ◊ St Paul’s School, London ◊ Putney High School ◊ 30th Sharjah International Book Fair
For recent reviews – see Quotes & Reviews page