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 […]

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 […]

Huguenot Museum in partnership with Rochester Film Society

Rochester film society

The Huguenot Museum is pleased to announce that we will be working in partnership with Rochester Film Society for our brand new 2015 programme. As part of the museum development our top floor has been converted into a beautiful new learning space – complete with cinema-style seating and projection screen. Gary Barrell of the Rochester […]

Suzie Lee silk crochet work on sale at the museum shop

Suzie Lee Knits

Inspired by Huguenot textile traditions, our shop will be stocking a range of contemporary textile accessories by local artist Suzie Lee. Suzie Lee’s pieces, which include her signature silk crocheted flowers, are contemporary, tactile pieces. They use natural fibres hand knitted or crocheted with fine machine knitting to create individual items which are made to […]