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Book Club Review: The Huguenots

In March, our Book Club read The Huguenots by Geoffrey Treasure. Breaking away from reading historical fiction, we got stuck into this in-depth, non-fiction account of the Huguenot experience in France across two centuries. We wanted to have a deeper understanding of political and religious landscape shaping the fiction that we had already been reading, […]

Book Club Review: The Virgin Blue

February’s Book Club explored Tracy Chevalier’s The Virgin Blue. Chevalier is most famous for her novel Girl with a Pearl Earring but this debut introduces many of the themes that Chevalier brings into her later work, including a love of history and art. The Virgin Blue is beautifully and carefully described with a lot of […]

Volunteer Spotlight: My Huguenot Journey

The article in the Hackney Gazette from 1914 relating to my Great-Great Aunt Alice? A wonderful notion, but yet to be proven! We are very lucky to have such a wonderful group of volunteers at the Huguenot Museum who help with all aspects of our work from manning the reception desk to documenting our collections. […]

Huguenot Gowns Past and Present

The back of the Lee Ault's silk gown on display

On 21 May, costume collector and historian Lee Ault delivered a fascinating talk on the history of dress at the Huguenot Museum. Lee’s amazing collection of historic costume formed the basis of this walk through dress history. Lee’s talk was inspired by one of her own precious heirlooms, a silk dress of brocaded damask, woven […]

The Story of an Exhibition: Beginning the Research for Canterbury & Catwalk

Fragment of silk woven by the Duthoit Family, image courtesy of Canterbury Museums

Emily Fuggle, Museum director and curator of our current display Huguenot Silk: Canterbury and Catwalk talks about starting the research for this exhibition: In the 1870s Jonathan Duthoit, who was a director at the French Hospital, donated several items to the hospital. One of these was a firescreen, paneled with eighteenth-century silk from his family’s […]