Benjamin Franklin in London

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Illustrated Talks


(Benjamin Franklin in London — unless specified


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) Fatal Colours – Towton 1461: England’s Bloodiest Battle

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 (Membership Event).  “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. 

Thursday 19 July, 7.30 pm – Battle & District Historical Society (BDHS), Battle, East Sussex

Sunday 9 October, 3.30 pm – BBC History Magazine History Weekend, Winchester Fatal Colours – Towton 1461: England’s Bloodiest Battle. 



A Saturday in March, 2.30pmFriends of Sheffield Manor Lodge, 197 Manor Ln, Sheffield S2 1UJ (which Saturday tbc in July 2018) on Fatal Colours – Towton 1461: England’s Bloodiest Battle. 


Previous, 2017  Talks  (UK / USA

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:

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

Saturday 13 May, 1.00pm – The Mayflower Society at The Mayflower Society House, The Mayflower Society House,  4 Winslow Street,  Plymouth, MA.  For further information

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

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 4AWFatal 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 


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

Saturday 12 November, 3.00 pm –  Richmond Literature Festival at Marble Hill House, Twickenham. Event InformationFurther Ticketing Information.  N.B. there is car parking at Marble Hill House.  

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


Fatal Colours & Fatal Rivalry

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

2014 Events

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

2013 Events

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

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.

Fatal Colours

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!

On publication:

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