Episode 53: Benjamin Franklin in London

There is one special place in London that has a strong connection with Franklin and that is Benjamin Franklin House which is a museum in a terraced Georgian house on Craven Street and is the world's only remaining home of Benjamin Franklin.

The house itself dates from c. 1730, and is a grade I listed property. Since opening to the public on 17 January 2006, Franklin's 300th birthday, the House has welcomed more than 140,000 visitors.

Join Hazel and our guest Dr. Márcia Balisciano, founding Director of Benjamin Franklin House, as they discuss the life of Benjamin Franklin in London.

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Guest: Dr. Márcia Balisciano

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Márcia is founding Director of Benjamin Franklin House, the world's only remaining home of Benjamin Franklin, today a dynamic museum and educational facility focused on bringing history and innovation to life. She leads a dedicated team in advancing the House’s distinct offerings, including the ‘museum as theatre’ Historical Experience, Student Science Centre and Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre. Since opening to the public for the first on Franklin's 300th birthday, the House has welcomed more than 140,000 visitors.

She is also Global Head of Corporate Responsibility at RELX, a FTSE 15 global provider of information and analytics focused on science and health, risk and business, legal and exhibitions, with more than 33,000 employees and offices in 40 countries.

She is Chair of the United Nations Global Compact Network UK; Chair of the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Council of the Conference Board; and a member of the Board of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a PHD in Economic History from the London School of Economics. She was named Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours List and lives in London with her husband and two boys.


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