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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 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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April 2018

Refugees: Lives in Transition

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8.00

Join Fawzia Nabi-Worsley from Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) to find out more about the experience of modern refugees escaping war and persecution, seeking a safer life in the UK. Proceeds from this talk will support our art project with young refugees in Refugee Week in June. KRAN is an independent charity supporting young asylum seekers and refugees, many of whom have come to this county unaccompanied by an adult. Museum Director, Dinah Winch, will introduce the talk with some…

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July 2018

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

Guided Walk: Life on Rochester’s High Street during the Great War

September 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8

On a 90-minute tour of Rochester High Street, led by local historian Geoff Rambler, hear about life on our ‘Home Front’ – experiences that were probably replicated across the country. Geoff also explores little-known Huguenot connections, including the story of Huguenot descendants Noel Chavasse VC and Christopher Chavasse, Bishop of Rochester. Find out how Christopher Chavasse was responsible for bringing The French Hospital to Rochester High Street! Price includes a cup of tea and trench cake served at the French…

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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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Guided Walk: Life on Rochester’s High Street during the Great War

November 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8

On a 90-minute tour of Rochester High Street, led by local historian Geoff Rambler, hear about life on our ‘Home Front’ – experiences that were probably replicated across the country. Geoff also explores little-known Huguenot connections, including the story of Huguenot descendants Noel Chavasse VC and Christopher Chavasse, Bishop of Rochester. Find out how Christopher Chavasse was responsible for bringing The French Hospital to Rochester High Street! Price includes a cup of tea and trench cake served at the French…

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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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