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Huguenot Day: Heritage Open Day
September 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are joining forces with the French Hospital to celebrate Huguenot Day across both sites. Both venues will be open for free and we will have a special programme , including tours of the Huguenot Garden and refreshments.
The French Hospital was established in London in 1718 to care for Huguenot refugees and their descendants who had escaped persecution. As one of the earliest foundations to support immigrants in London, and one of the first in Britain to provide sympathetic care for the mentally ill, their founders’ foresight and determination lit a beacon of compassion for those in need. The French Hospital continues to thrive today, 300 years later, on Rochester High Street.
During your visit you’ll also have the opportunity to tour The French Hospital and visit the private Huguenots’ Garden which features plants that would have been familiar to gardeners of the 16th and 17th centuries in France and England. Refreshments will be available onsite and all proceeds from the refreshments will benefit the residents of The French Hospital. At the Huguenot Museum you discover why the Huguenots left France and how they impacted on English society and culture. Our dedicated team of family history researchers can help you begin to discover if you have Huguenot ancestry – after all its is estimated that 1 in 6 English people are of Huguenot descent!
Throughout the day we will have six objects in focus, this will be a unique opportunity to explore different objects in our collection, delve a little deeper into their stories and ask questions, a programme will be available as you enter the museum to help you plan your day.
To top it all off, during your visit to us we will have fun-filled family activities throughout the day, you will be able to handle objects from our collection as well as take part in a suitcase activity which will be displayed in our museum!
Explore a fascinating period of history with strands reaching modern day, we hope to see you here!