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October 2018

Kid’s Film Club: Mary & The Witch’s Flower

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£3

Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms once every seven years. Together, the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College - a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her…

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Story Time

October 18 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£2

Join us throughout the year for Story Time. Bring your under 5s along every Thursday morning to have fun with toys, games, music and more as we bring stories to life each week. Squash, milk and play mats available - plus tea and coffee for the grown ups. £2.00 additional children 50p each, adults free.

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Herbal Workshop

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£45

Sip an indulgent spicy coconut hot chocolate and explore the world of herbs with Lucy Vertue from Little World Herbs. Make a variety of different pure and organic products, including a frankincense face/body cream, a marigold lip balm and an antiseptic myrrh ointment. Perfect ideas for Christmas gifts! Lucy has been practising as a Medical Herbalist in Kent since 2000 and has since qualified as a Craniosacral Therapist, GAPS practitioner and Vega allergy tester.  She runs a regular herb group and…

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Story Time

October 25 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£2

Join us throughout the year for Story Time. Bring your under 5s along every Thursday morning to have fun with toys, games, music and more as we bring stories to life each week. Squash, milk and play mats available - plus tea and coffee for the grown ups. £2.00 additional children 50p each, adults free.

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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

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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Felt Making

November 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£45

Join Debbie Siniska and transform your own colour blend of Merino fleece fibres into a unique winter hat or bag. You will have the opportunity to work around a forma and create surface patterning as you go. No previous experience necessary and there will be an opportunity to purchase additional felt. Debbie Siniska is a well-known rag rug maker, felt maker, artist, teacher and author, inspired by the natural world, the green man, hares, birds and plant life. Debbie works…

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Author’s Talk: Kate Mosse

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

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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