Ben Marsh Unravelled Dreams: The Challenges of Growing Silk in New Worlds c.1500-1840

University of Kent lecturer Dr Ben Marsh explores the varied efforts to grow silk in Northern Europe and the Americas. In this talk, Dr Marsh will concentrate particularly on attempts to grow silk in England and those involving Huguenot connections, explaining how and why they often failed and examining what these enterprises tell us about […]

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 […]