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Huguenots and the Industrial Revolution
October 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm£10.00
With Amanda Thomas from Friends of Medway Archives.
Nonconformist and Protestant thinking shaped the development of Great Britain following the Reformation. During the Industrial Revolution, Britain was at the forefront of innovation, an achievement in which Huguenot migrants played a significant part.
From as early as the Middle Ages, migrants from France and the Low Countries fine-tuned techniques which helped establish many of Britain’s ground-breaking industries, such as weaving, and the production of iron and glass. By the eighteenth century innovators like the papermaker Henry Fourdrinier and silk weaver George Courtauld had built on this earlier expertise and made their own unique contribution to the Industrial Revolution. Huguenot craftsmen also played their part with the design and manufacture of high quality consumer goods, including watches and clocks. Without these Britain’s factories would not have operated so efficiently and the new steam-powered locomotives transporting goods to Britain’s ports and cities would not have run on time.