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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 […]

Volunteer Spotlight :: Modern Day Weaving

Here at the Huguenot Museum we are very lucky to have a wonderful group of dedicated and talented volunteers that are an invaluable help in the running of the Museum. Many of our volunteers are Huguenot descendants themselves and today we have a lovely blog post written by our education and documentation volunteer Ann. I […]

Scaffolding the past

The Museum’s facade is currently undergoing a revamp, and whilst the front of the building is covered in scaffolding, we’ve delved back in time to discover the history of 95 High Street, Rochester. There is little information about 95 High Street until the Georgian era (1714-1830) when a residential house was constructed. At this time […]

Where did the Huguenots get their name?

Lucy Schofield, who completed a volunteer internship at the Huguenot Museum, looks into the mystery… The question of the origin of the term ‘Huguenot’  is one of the most commonly asked by our visitors, and unfortunately the simple (and boring) answer to the question is ‘we don’t really know’. The term ‘Huguenot’ has been argued over […]

Felt-making Workshop

From hares and bees to sheep and poppies, the felting workshop was a great success on Saturday. Nine lovely ladies spent the afternoon getting to grips with the traditional techniques of felting wool to create some lovely felted art. The instructor Josie Chisholm helped walk them through creating the different levels of wool and building […]

Dementia Mystery Shopping

This year the Huguenot Museum took part in a dementia ‘mystery-shoppers’ project with Rica and DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project). Members of DEEP and Memorybilia who are living with dementia visited the Huguenot Museum anonymously to see how accessible the galleries are. It was great for the Museum to get involved in this project […]