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September 2017

Talk: For the Love of Silk

September 30, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00

Liz Trenow will talk about how she came to write her new novel The Silk Weaver inspired by the life of Anna Maria Garthwaite, one of the most important textile designers of the 18th century. Garthwaite lived in Spitalfields, working with Huguenot silk weavers to create exquisite, luxury patterned fabrics, but despite her importance, very little is known about her. Spitalfields is also the place where Liz’s ancestors had started a silk weaving company 300 years ago. Liz writes ‘It…

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October 2017

Historical Novel Book Club

October 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

Liz Trenow's For the Love of Silk talk launches our new Historical Novel Book Club. The first meeting will discuss Liz Trenow's novel The Silk Weaver will take place on Thursday 19th October 2pm. The first meeting is free with refreshments provided and no need to book. We will be a friendly, informal group where no prior knowledge of the Huguenots is necessary, just an enthusiasm for history and a good story!

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Huguenots and the Industrial Revolution

October 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£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…

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November 2017

The Legacy of the Huguenots in France in World War II

November 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00

Dr Kathy Chater is well known to many of our visitors for her regular talks on tracing Huguenot ancestry, but she returns in November with a different subject, The Legacy of the Huguenots in France in World War II. Many years ago she discovered that one branch of her Huguenot ancestors came from Dieulefit, a small town that in 2008 was awarded the title ‘Righteous Among The Nations’by Yad Veshem, the Holocaust Research Centre. Another town, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, has the…

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Book Club: La Reine Margot

November 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

Following a successful first meeting in October our next book will be La Reine Margot, by Alexandre Dumas. Published in 1845 it opens with the celebrations for the marriage of the beautiful Catholic princess Margot and the Protestant Henri of Navarre in 1572. At attempt is made on the life of prominent Protestant Admiral Coligny, leading to the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre and what follows is a story of drama, love and intrigue. The popularity of La Reine Margot and…

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December 2017

Film Night: Breathless

December 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£4.00 - £6.50

Finish the Rochester Film Society season with mince pies and this classic French film telling the story of a wandering criminal and his American girlfriend. Have a look around the Museum galleries beforehand with admission included in the ticket price. Doors open 7pm, film starts 7:30pm Adults £6.50, concessions £4   Powered by Eventbrite

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January 2018

Book Club: Queen Jezebel

January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

January's book is by Jean Plaidy, one of the country's most widely read novelists, and portrays the final years of the reign of the infamous Queen Catherine de'Medici, including the St Bartholomew's Day massacre. No special knowledge of the Huguenots is necessary - just a love of history and a good story! Thursday 25 January 2-3.15pm Free, refreshments included, no need to book.

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February 2018

Sold out: Museum and French Hospital Tour

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£12.00
The French Hospital

This event is sold out. We have other tour dates on 27th July and 2nd November. 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…

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March 2018

Book Club: The Huguenots

March 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

March’s book is The Huguenots by Geoffrey Treasure, a thoughtful historical account of the Huguenot experience. We will be focusing on a section of the whole book (Part 3: Religious Wars) as context for our continued historical novel reading! The book is for sale in our shop, along with other historical novels and history titles. The event is free and friendly, with refreshments included. We run every last Thursday of the month and there's no need to book.

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April 2018

Book Club: How To Stop Time

April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

April’s book is How To Stop Time by Matt Haig. This unusual time-hopping fantasy tells the story of Tom Hazard, a Huguenot born in the late 16th century but still alive in 2017. No special knowledge of the Huguenots is necessary – just a love of history and a good story! Thursday 26 April 2-3.15pm Free, refreshments included, no need to book.

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May 2018

Film Night: Les Amants du Pont-Neuf

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£6.50

Join us for a glass of wine and an evening of French cinema, in association with Rochester Film Society. Juliette Binoche & Denis Lavant stars in this story of the relationship between a street-performer and a homeless painter sleeping rough on Paris's Pont-Neuf bridge. 1991, Cert.15. This film is in association with Rochester Film Society who have an eclectic programme of excellent films, shown at the Museum every fortnight. Click here to visit their website for details of other film…

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Book Club: The Lodger

May 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

May’s book is The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street by Charles Nicholl. An entertaining biographical study of Shakespeare highlighting a time where he lived and worked amid the bustle of early seventeenth-century London as a lodger amongst a community of Huguenots. No special knowledge of the Huguenots is necessary – just a love of history and a good story! Thursday 31 May 2-3.15pm Free, refreshments included, no need to book.

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July 2018

Book Club: Love’s Labour’s Lost

July 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

Our next Book Club choice is Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. The Bard sets the play in Huguenot King Henry of Navarre's court, bringing to life themes of intrigue, adultery, and loyalty in the Sixteenth Century French Court. No special knowledge of the Huguenots is necessary – just a love of history and a good story! We usually meet on the last Thursday of the month, but due to other commitments our next meeting will be Thursday 5 July 2-3.15pm Free,…

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Museum and French Hospital Tour – SOLD OUT

July 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£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…

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September 2018

Huguenot Day: Heritage Open Day

September 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

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…

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October 2018

Researching Your French Ancestors

October 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8.00

Huguenot refugees came from different parts of France.  Some travelled directly to Britain, others came via other European countries.  Historian, Kathy Chater, will help you find out more about their lives from archives in France but will also give some tips on researching their presence in other places en route. Dr. Kathy Chater regularly gives talks here at the Museum and is well known as a family historian who has a special interest in Huguenot immigration and black British history.…

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November 2018

Museum and French Hospital Tour [SOLD OUT]

November 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£12

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…

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Author’s Talk: Kate Mosse [SOLD OUT]

November 24 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10

Celebrated writer Kate Mosse talks about her new best-selling novel The Burning Chambers, a gripping tale of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Wars of Religion in 16th century France. The Burning Chambers is the first of an exciting new historical series of novels, spanning three centuries and sweeping from Carcassonne and Toulouse to South Africa, via Paris, Amsterdam and London. Kate Mosse is well loved for the multi-million Languedoc Trilogy, gothic fiction and short stories which have been…

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Amber Butchart: Huguenot Silks and Historical Fashions [SOLD OUT]

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10

Fashion historian Amber Butchart charts the journey of Huguenot silk weavers from Spitalfields to Suffolk, and looks at the impact of historical fashion and textiles on fashion today. Amber Butchart is a fashion historian, writer and television presenter who specialises in intersections  between dress, politics and culture. Her popular programme A Stitch in Time on BBC4 explored the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore. Most recently she presented The First Refugees, broadcast on BBC4 in 2018 which…

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December 2018

Film Night: Orphee

December 11 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£6.50

In this classic 1950 film, directed by Jean Cocteau, a fight breaks out at the Café des Poètes in Paris, between the poet Orphée (Jean Marais) and a group of resentful upstarts. A rival poet, Cègeste (Edouard Dermithe), is killed, and a mysterious princess (María Casares) insists on taking Orpheus and the body away in her Rolls-Royce. Orphée soon finds himself in the underworld, where the Princess announces that she is, in fact, Death. Orpheus escapes in the car back to…

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