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April 2016

Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors

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

Join genealogical historian and author Dr Kathy Chater, for an insightful talk on how to trace your Huguenot ancestry to find out if you too are a Huguenot. Powered by Eventbrite

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May 2016

The Art of Dress

May 21, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00
Make a Donation

Join textile historian Lee Ault for a talk on the Art of Dress and see her silk dress woven by Huguenots in Canterbury on display. 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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December 2016

Secrets of the Huguenot Silver

December 10, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00
Communion set by Lewis Cuny

Come along to the museum to hear Tessa Murdoch, Deputy Keeper at the V&A and Huguenot Museum trustee, to learn the secrets about Huguenot silver. Booking required. Powered by Eventbrite

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March 2017

Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors Talk

March 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00

Dr Kathy Chater returns to the Huguenot Museum for this insightful talk on how to trace your Huguenot ancestry. Find out how to start researching your own family history to discover if you too might be a Huguenot descendant! Powered by Eventbrite

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French Hospital, Museum Tour and Talk

March 31, 2017 @ 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 Peter Duval and hear about his family's Huguenot story. Powered by Eventbrite

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May 2017

Spitalfields Silk Talk

May 27, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00
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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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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French Hospital, Museum Tour and Talk

June 30, 2017 @ 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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July 2017

The Reception of Britain’s First Refugees: The Huguenots in Later Stuart England

July 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00

Robin Gwynn has been at the forefront of Huguenot history for many decades and is author of 'Huguenot Heritage' which is always available in our shop. The thousands of French Protestants who crossed the Channel in the 1680s were the first people coming to Britain to be known as 'refugees'. This talk explores why they came, how many of them there were, where they went and settled following their arrival, and how they were received by the English people of…

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September 2017

Cultural Heritage of the Huguenots

September 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00

Our first talk of the Autumn season is with Sue Jackson on ‘The Cultural Heritage of the Huguenots’, a perfect introduction to the great impact Huguenot refugees had on British culture in the 1700s. As silk weavers, goldsmiths, ironworkers and horticulturists the Huguenots made an extraordinary contribution to English craftsmanship. Sue will demonstrate that the Georgian Age of Elegance, illustrated through luxury goods such as dress, silverware, furniture and the social etiquette around the newly introduced product of tea, was…

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Tour of the Museum and French Hospital

September 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£12.00
The French Hospital

FULLY BOOKED! Keep an eye on our website for further tours of the Museum and French Hospital next year. Take a tour of the Huguenot Museum and French Hospital, both on Rochester High Street. Refreshments included. Powered by Eventbrite

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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

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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January 2018

Talk by Margo Selby

January 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8.00

Margo Selby will talk about her career as a woven textile designer and artist, about the growth of her woven textiles brand alongside her art practice and how these two very different sides of her work complement each other. Margo will give some insight into her commercial collaborations with partners including Osborne and Little, John Lewis and Transport for London. She will also talk about the connection her artworks have with Huguenot weaving, as well as the creative and technical processes behind…

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February 2018

Talk by Olivia Horsfall Turner: Pattern-drawing and silk-weaving: decoding the designs of the ‘late ingenious Mr Leman’

February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8.00

Image: Victoria & Albert Museum Olivia Horsfall Turner, Senior Curator of Designs at the Victoria & Albert Museum, explores the extraordinary work of Huguenot master weaver, James Leman, who worked in Spitalfields in the early 18th century. A large number of his designs, which transformed English silk design, survive in the V&A collection. Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner curates the Museum’s collection of design drawings and models. After studying at Cambridge, Yale and UCL, she worked as an Architectural Investigator at…

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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 20th April, 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…

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