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Museum and French Hospital Tour – SOLD OUT
July 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm£12
This event is now SOLD OUT! We will be repeating it on Friday 2nd November – click here to book this date.
Visit the Museum and take a behind the scenes tour of the French Hospital, the Huguenot almshouses on Rochester High Street, which are not usually open to the public.
The French Hospital was founded in 1718 in London to support the large numbers of Protestants escaping persecution in France, and celebrates its 300th anniversary this year. It was one of the earliest institutions to support immigrants in London, and one of the first in Britain to provide sympathetic care for the mentally ill.
The French Hospital moved to Theobald Square in Rochester in 1959. Over the years the original 19 houses were developed to create 60 self-contained flats, still, primarily for people of Huguenot descent in need. 1983 saw the development of the Huguenot Garden, in which flowers and shrubs associated with the Huguenots were planted. Find out more about this fascinating story with Museum Director, Dinah Winch, French Hospital Resident, Edward Hill and Vanessa Weddell, who is Fundraising Manager at the French Hospital.
These tours are always popular so booking is essential. Click here to book.
Price includes Tea and biscuits.
The Huguenot Museum is fully wheelchair accessible but we regret that there is no lift access to some parts of the French Hospital. Please contact the museum on 01634 789347 to discuss access if you have restricted mobility.