During conservation work at Benjamin Franklin House, over a thousand bones, both human and animal, were
discovered in the basement - the remnants of an anatomy school run from the house by William Hewson, son-in-law of Franklin's landlady, with links to bodysnatchers.
Inspired by this wonderfully dark history, I devised a playful participatory event where visitors could play a reconfigured ‘Operation’ game and create their own ‘Toybrids’ by cutting and splicing together an assortment of cuddly and plastic toys.
A heritage ‘gem', the building is the world’s only remaining home of Dr Benjamin Franklin – scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor, Founding Father of the United States and more. For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775 he lived at 36 Craven Street, which is now a dynamic museum and educational facility.