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November 2018

Music and Migration Workshop

November 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

We are teaming up with The University of Kent as part of the Being Human Festival. In 2018 Being Human festival features hundreds of free activities in towns and cities across the UK, alongside a series of international activities. Their events explore big questions, big debates and innovative ideas focused around the theme of ‘Origins and Endings’. This workshop will explore the origins of some of the music we hear today by looking at the journey music makes with its…

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Author’s Talk: Kate Mosse [SOLD OUT]

November 24, 2018 @ 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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Book Club: The Burning Chambers

November 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

Our next Book Club meeting will be in November. To follow on from our talk with best-selling author Kate Mosse, we will be reading The Burning Chambers. A gripping tale of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Wars of Religion in 16thcentury 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. The book is for sale…

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

November 29, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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Christmas Activities: A World of Miniatures

December 20, 2018 @ 11:45 am - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£2
Prayer Book

Inspired by our miniature prayer book, we will be shrinking down to explore a world of miniatures. What will you create? Using different materials, you can create miniature versions of items from the museum. What will catch your eye? Our beautiful doll, one of our portraits or even your favourite item of dressing up!   No need to book - our activities are drop-in.  £2 per child or free with a family day ticket. Our family day ticket is valid…

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Christmas Activities: A World of Miniatures

December 21, 2018 @ 11:45 am - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£2
Prayer Book

Inspired by our miniature prayer book, we will be shrinking down to explore a world of miniatures. What will you create? Using different materials, you can create miniature versions of items from the museum. What will catch your eye? Our beautiful doll, one of our portraits or even your favourite item of dressing up!   No need to book - our activities are drop-in.  £2 per child or free with a family day ticket. Our family day ticket is valid…

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February 2019

Print Making: Exploring Pattern

February 9 @ 10:00 am - February 16 @ 1:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£70

Running over two morning sessions: 9 February & 16 February  £40 for one session, or £70 for both sessions, incl refreshments. Rachel Moore from iprintedthat will take you on an exploration of pattern to produce sample wallpaper and fabric. Create your own lino cut tile, explore screen printing techniques and take inspiration from our collection and the designs of Huguenot master weaver James Leman. No previous printing experience necessary. Please bring an apron or painting shirt and a sketch book and pencils. Booking…

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Museum and French Hospital Tour SOLD OUT

February 15 @ 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, 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, celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018. It was one of the earliest institutions to support immigrants in London, and one of the first in Britain to provide sympathetic care for the mentally…

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February Half-Term Activities

February 21 @ 11:45 am - February 22 @ 3:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£3

Our exhibition, running until 6 April, features Claudia Clare's beautiful ceramic pots telling the story of Kurdish refugee Hossein, not only of travelling west but aspects of his life in this country. During half term on Thursday 21 & Friday 22 February create your own clay pot inspired by Hossein’s story. Inspired by our exhibition, design, create and decorate your very own clay pot to tell the story of your own journey, real or imagined.   Our family activities are…

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March 2019

Guided Walk of Rochester’s High Street

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10

What have the French have done for us? Rochester’s French Connection Join Geoff Rambler on this 90-minute walk of Rochester's High Street. Explore how our relationship with the French – collaborative & competitive, friendly & hostile – has shaped Rochester. Geoff, who has led over 1000 miles of walks, will share the fascinating history of Rochester, highlighting that for over a thousand years our cultures and history have been connected - and probably nowhere more than Rochester which partly owes its…

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Collage: The Natural World

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
£30

Join artist Fiona Spirals for a collage workshop inspired by the natural world. Fiona will guide you through a morning of creativity, using magazines to create unique collages inspired by the themes of journeys, memories and nature. Perfect for people of all ages and abilities. Fiona shares some of her inspirations 'As an artist, landscapes never fail to inspire me to create collages with dramatic contrasts, but full of hidden elements. I love collage for that reason – I smuggle…

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Artist’s talk: Claudia Clare

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

Join us for a chance to find out more about our special display by renowned ceramicist Claudia Clare. Included in museum admission price, Claudia will engage in an artist's talk surrounded by her work. No need to book before hand. Image: Sylvain Deleu

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Altered Textiles special display

March 27 @ 10:30 am - March 30 @ 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

In this special display, Altered Textiles, a dynamic group of creatives, are illustrating a range of techniques from embroidery to printing. Meet the artists and explore their ‘Travelling Journals’ which will be on display alongside their artwork. They will also be holding demonstrations, sharing both their expertise and techniques explored in their journals. We can't wait for a week of creative activities, entrance to this special display is included in our museum admission prices. Image: Diana Stone Demonstrations: Morning demonstrations…

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April 2019

Kids French Film Club: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£3.50

In association with Rochester Film Society, we are screening another Kids French Film! The countryside isn't always as calm and peaceful as it's made out to be, and the animals in this neighbourhood can't help but ruffle a few feathers. From the creators of Ernest and Celeste. Toys and play mats are available for the little ones. You are welcome to bring snacks with you. Please click here to book Film is in English, Rating U. £3.50 per person.

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Easter Activities – Create your own Fabergé egg

April 11 @ 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£3

The famous Fabergé family were Huguenot descendants! Design and decorate a fabulous egg and take home your masterpiece Will you create an entirely new design or a design inspired by The Bay tree egg, The Rosebud egg or even the Ice egg! With a fascinating story behind each one, create your own story this Easter. No need to book, just pop in throughout the day £3 per child or free with our family day ticket. £10: Our family day ticket…

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Easter Activities – Create your own Fabergé egg

April 18 @ 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£3

The famous Fabergé family were Huguenot descendants! Design and decorate a fabulous egg and take home your masterpiece Will you create an entirely new design or a design inspired by The Bay tree egg, The Rosebud egg or even the Ice egg! With a fascinating story behind each one, create your own story this Easter. No need to book, just pop in throughout the day £3 per child or free with our family day ticket. £10: Our family day ticket…

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May 2019

Sweeps Festival – Kimber’s Men Sea Shanty Workshop

May 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£6

It's that time of year again! We are joining in the celebrations during this year's Sweeps Festival. Join us for a morning of sea shanties! Take part in an interactive performance with renowned sea shanty group ‘Kimber’s Men’ who will take you on a journey in song. We will sing shanties and work songs against the backdrop of film footage from the last days of the tall ships. As well as a morning of song you’ll learn about square riggers…

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Museums at Night: The Huguenot Table

May 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10

The Huguenot table: Eating in Exile Migration and resettlement in a new country can have major impacts upon cultural practices and experiences. In this talk, Sara Pennell will explore how Huguenot communities found their culinary feet in their new communities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. We are holding this talk to celebrate 'Museums at Night' This is the UK-wide festival of Lates in museums and galleries, produced by Culture24, the Brighton-based arts charity dedicated to shining a light on Britain’s sparkling…

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Museum and French Hospital Tour – SOLD OUT

May 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
£12

We will run this event in our next programme July- December Please contact the museum to go on the waiting list for this event or to register your interest for future tours.   Visit the Museum and take a behind the scenes tour of the French Hospital, 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…

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