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June 2016

Refugee Week

June 25, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

Join the Huguenot Museum and Rochester Literature Festival to mark refugee week with short films and a talk by Syrian artist Hala Georges. We are delighted to announce that our full programme for the event will include speakers Stephen Goldsborough from Medway City of Sanctuary, writer Sarah Hehir, Major Haris Giannaros from The Salvation Army and Laura Teisler Goldsmith, founder of Help for Leros. Check back soon for the full programme. Refreshments will be provided. FREE ENTRY TO EVENT. Normal museum admission…

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July 2016

Craft Bench Workshop: Postcards From…

July 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£45.00

Join textile artist Cas Holmes to create stitched and printed postcards inspired by Huguenot refugees. How would you mark your own voice, what places would interest you? What travels or images would you record on a journey if you were a 'Stranger in a New Land'? Using small cards and images as a reference you will create stitch and printed postcards or small works, focusing on hand stitching as an extension of mark making. Booking essential. Powered by Eventbrite

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September 2016

Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors in Europe

September 16, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00

Come along to the Huguenot Museum to hear Kathy Chater talk about how to trace Huguenot ancestors in Europe. This general introductory talk will focus on the places in Europe that Huguenots escaped to and the sort of records that you can find. Booking required. Powered by Eventbrite

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October 2016

Craft Bench Workshop: Bookbinding

October 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£45.00
Book

Make your own book! Enjoy making your first book guided by local craftsman Mike Fitzgerald. In this one day workshop you will learn the methods and styles of book binding and how to make your own case-bound book. Booking essential. Powered by Eventbrite

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November 2016

Craft Bench Workshop: Make a Rag Rug

November 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Make your own rag rug inspired by Huguenot designs! Rag rug making is an enduring thrift craft, and is as relevant today as it was in the early 1900's and beyond. Come and learn the art of hooky and proggy, using beautiful traditional hand tools, and create a gorgeous piece of textile art for your home. You will be using recycled textiles to be worked onto a hessian backcloth. Powered by Eventbrite

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December 2016

French Film Night: Joyeux Noel

December 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£5.00 - £7.50
Rochester film society

Join us at the museum for a Rochester Film Society screening of Joyeux Noel, which tells the story of the Christmas truce during the First World War. Get in the Christmas spirit with a glass of wine before the screening. To book please visit www.rochesterfilmsociety.co.uk £7.50 adults and £5 for concessions.

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January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day

January 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

Mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a free screening of Nicky's Family which tells the story of Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from Nazi Europe on the eve of the Second World War. Make sure to book your FREE space at www.rochesterfilmsociety.co.uk  

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March 2017

Early Music Recital

March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
Free

Join us for an informal afternoon of early music in our galleries. Lorraine Liyanage will be playing the virginals, a keyboard instrument, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries, throughout the afternoon. This is a drop in event, FREE with normal Museum admission. Lorraine is based in South London and runs harpsichord events for young musicians at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill and Handel & Hendrix Museum in Bond Street. Powered by Eventbrite

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May 2017

Museums at Night

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00

Join us for an evening recital of French Baroque music by Jean-Phillipe Rameau, Balbastre and Louis Couperin played by Lorraine Liyanage. Refreshments and museum entry included. Lorraine Liyanage is a harpsichordist based in South London. In addition to performing in the UK and abroad, she runs harpsichord events for young musicians at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill and Handel & Hendrix Museum in Bond Street.   Doors open at 6:30pm for visitors to look around the galleries…

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Film Night: La Reine Margot

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£5.00 - £7.50
Rochester film society

Join Rochester Film Society and the Huguenot Museum for this screening of La Reine Margot, which follows the fortunes of the Royal family amid the religious wars in 16th century France. Enjoy a look around the Museum beforehand as well as drinks and nibbles £7.50 adults, £5.00 concessions Doors open at 6:30pm for visitors to look around the galleries and enjoy refreshments. Powered by Eventbrite

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Spitalfields Silk Talk

May 27 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00
Make a Donation

Come along for this fascinating talk by Mary Schoeser, on the history of Spitalfields silk and the Huguenot weavers fight for survival in the 19th century. Powered by Eventbrite

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June 2017

Dickens’ Household Words: Traits and Stories of the Huguenots

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£5.00
The unfortunate Calas Family

In 1853 Charles Dickens published Elizabeth Gaskell’s article ‘Traits and Stories of the Huguenots’ in his magazine ‘Household Words’. In it Gaskell tells of the escape of the great-great grandmother of ‘A friend of mine, a descendant from some of the Huguenot refugees’. Dinah Winch will explore why Gaskell wrote this article and look at the growing interest in the Victorian period in the story of the Huguenots. Dinah Winch is Director of the Huguenot Museum but was, until November…

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Dutch Huguenots in Britain

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00

Join us for a talk as part of the Battle of Medway Commemorations. Migrants from the Low Countries came in large numbers bringing craft skills and knowledge. The largest number came as Protestant refugees during Elizabeth I’s reign, and established communities and churches in this country. Many of us trace our ancestors to these Dutch refugees. Silke Muylaert has finished her doctoral studies concerning Dutch and Walloon Protestant refugees in Elizabethan England at the University of Kent. Powered by Eventbrite

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Food, Photographs and Belonging: Mapping Family Histories

June 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£4.00

What foods remind you of home? Were you born in the same place as your parents? Or has your family travelled far to get you where you are? Have you ever visited your grandparents’ birthplace? Is Rochester where you feel you truly belong? We invite you to join us and theatre group Double Trouble at the Huguenot Museum for a afternoon of activities and story-telling, exploring heritage, identity, belonging and the effects of displacement. We will be sharing recipes, mapping…

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French Hospital, Museum Tour and Talk

June 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£12.00
The French Hospital

Take a tour of the Huguenot Museum and French Hospital with the Museum's trustee Leslie Du Cane and hear about his family's story. Powered by Eventbrite

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September 2017

Heritage Open Day

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
Heritage Open Day

Visit us for FREE on Heritage Open Day and find out how you too can trace your family history!

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Talk: For the Love of Silk

September 30 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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